We Must Belong to Our Lady to Go to Heaven
Thomas A. Droleskey
The pious and learned Jesuit, Suarez, Justus Lipsius, a devout and
erudite theologian of Louvain, and many others have proved incontestably
that devotion to our Blessed Lady is necessary to attain salvation.
This they show from the teaching of the Fathers, notably St. Augustine,
St. Ephrem, deacon of Edessa, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanus of
Constantinople, St. John Damascene, St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St.
Bernardine, St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure. Even according to
Oecolampadius and other heretics, lack of esteem and love for the Virgin
Mary is an infallible sign of God's disapproval. On the other hand, to
be entirely and genuinely devoted to her is a sure sign of God's
approval." (Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary.)
We are two days away from the ninety-fourth anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal. The first apparition come in her month, this month, the month of May:
Do not be afraid, I will not harm you."
"I come from heaven."
"I have come to
ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at
this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire. And I
shall return here yet a seventh time."
Lucia then asked
if they would go to heaven and she was told yes, she and Jacinta would
go to heaven, but Francisco would need to say many rosaries first.
Lucia asked about two
young women who had died recently, and was told that one was in heaven
and the other, her friend Amelia, would be in purgatory "until the end
"Are you willing
to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send
you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?"
"Then you are going to have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort." (Mary's words at Fatima.)
There is quite a lot contained in these words of Our Lady at the time of her first apparition ninety-four years ago now. Quite a lot.
First, Our Lady told the children not to be afraid, that she had come from Heaven.
We tend, my good and very few readers, to get so lost in some of the problems extant in the world and that face us as Catholics in this time of apostasy and betrayal that we forget that the problems of these times will be over in flash. They will be over in a flash for us at the moment of our deaths, which could occur at any time, possibly this very day, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, and they will be over in a flash at the Second Coming of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when He comes in glory for all see on the Last Day at the General Judgment of the living and the dead. We do not have a permanent home here on this earth:
 For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. (Hebrews 13: 14-15.)
We have been made by God to be with Him in Heaven for all eternity, and we can only do that is we belong to His Most Blessed Mother.
Second, Jacinta Marto and Lucia dos Santos were given the incomparable privilege of knowing that that they were predestined to go to Heaven. Very few souls have been given this knowledge in their lifetimes. Very few.
For the rest of us, you see, we must work hard to go to Heaven as members of the Catholic Church, the only true church. Our Lady said that Francisco Marto would have to pray many Rosaries to go to Heaven. If little Francisco Marto, had to say many Rosaries go to Heaven, my good and diminish readership, then what us sinful folk? What about us? Yes, less time on the internet. Throw out the television. Turn off the naturalists on the radio and refuse to buy their snake-oil wares promising to tell you what's wrong the world as what's wrong with the world is that men and their nations do not subordinate themselves the Catholic Church and to the Social Reign of Christ the King. You need Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh to feed you a stack of naturalist lies? You do not. You need to pray more Rosaries. I need to pray more Rosaries!
Third, Our Lady told the three shepherd children that a friend of theirs who had died was going to be in Purgatory until the end of time. That should send chills up and down our mushy spines and cause our lukewarm hearts. Why was that little girl, who was, I believe, around fifteen years old, to be in Purgatory until the end of time? Because she had read bad books, that is, books filled with impurity. What about us? Do we still watch television, no less television programs that contain blasphemy and obscenity? Do we still go to motion pictures filled with rank immodesty that promote sins against Holy Purity and the most horrific visual graphics and sounds imaginable? No one has to pay any of that back because we're here to have fun? Quite wrong. Many of us have indeed participated in the popular culture, accepting just "a little bit of poison" because "the rest of the program [or movie] was very good, very entertaining." This is not the path of sanctity. This is not the path to Heaven.
Fourth, Our Lady asked the three shepherd children, those wonderfully privileged souls,
if they were willing to offer themselves "to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send
you, as an act of reparation for the conversion of sinners?" Are we willing to do so. How can we refuse our Most Blessed Mother's request to do so?
Most of the eighty-eight people who were arrested at the University of Notre Dame du Lac (two arrests took place soon after the news of Obama's appearance become public, according to a reader, an alumnus of the university who was involved in helping the lawyers throughout this tragic matter) between Friday, May 8, 2009, when the first mass arrests took place, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, were Catholic. Most of them, no matter their beliefs about the state of the Church Militant on earth during this time of apostasy and betrayal, were believing Catholics. Most, if not all, of the Catholics who were arrested were and remain deeply devoted to the Mother of God. They are Our Lady's. They were most justifiably outraged at the dishonor done to the Mother of God, she who was preserved from all stain of Original Sin and the disorders associated with it at the moment of her Immaculate Conception, as the university bearing her name, run by men who believe themselves to be priests of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (C.S.C.), bestowed an honorary degree upon President Barack Hussein Obama before he gave a commencement address about finding "common ground" when, of course, there is No "Common Ground" Between Truth and Error.
Most of those arrested at the University of Notre Dame du Lac between Friday, May 8, 2009, when the first mass arrests took place, and Sunday, May 17, 2009, upon the orders of that formerly Catholic institution's president. "Father" John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., were simply praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary on her campus in the month of May. Some of them, to be sure, were no doubt quite familiar with the words that Our Lady had spoken to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos ninety-two years before. Their very actions over the course of the days of prayer and protests--and the long period of uncertainty that followed their arrest and the final resolution of their case--proved that they were ready to answer Our Lady in the affirmative as had the three shepherd children by suffering much for sinners, knowing that Our Lady's words ninety-two years before applied to them as well, namely, that "the grace of God will be your comfort." And indeed it was.
Although "Father" John I. Jenkins could have ended the matter anytime in the past two years by making a request to the Saint Joseph County prosecutor's office that the charges of criminal trespass that carried a sentence up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine be dropped. He steadfastly refused all entreaties to do so, including one made by the distinguished former professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Dr. Charles E. Rice, in September of 2009 (Persecuting Those Who Defended Our Lady's Honor). This was all, however, quite within the Providence of God as the persecution and uncertainty visited upon the Notre Dame 88 by "Father" John I. Jenkins gave those arrested the opportunity pray more Rosaries as they accepted with love and gratitude the cross that had been sent their way as a result of their courageous witness to the honor of Our Lady, Notre Dame, at her university as a man whose hands are stained with the blood of the innocent preborn was accorded great accolades and applauded thunderously by the graduates and the families that day in May two years ago now.
Moreover, the uncertainty and trial that faced the Notre Dame 88 permitted bonds of charity and friendship among many of them to grow that might never had formed if they had not been arrested and subject to the uncertainty that has been theirs in the past two years. Without diminishing the importance of the doctrinal principles that lead one to conclude that the conciliar apostates have expelled themselves from the bosom of Holy Mother Church and that they cannot hold ecclesiastical offices within her legitimately, it is nevertheless true that some of those bonds of charity and friendship grew between Catholics who find themselves in different camps concerning the state of the Church Militant. What bound them together is a love of the Holy Faith rooted in a deep and abiding love for the Mother of God herself and, in the case of some, I know, a total consecration to her Divine Son through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Attorneys, some supportive of the Novus Ordo service and others publicly critical of it, worked together in a true common cause, that of justice for those who loved the Mother of God as deeply as they, the attorneys, did. The grace of God was indeed the comfort for all involved.
What began at the University of Notre Dame du Lac with the first mass arrests on May 8, 2009, and culminated with Obama's appearance there on Sunday, May 17, 2009, was an echo of past arrests, some of them, particularly in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Houston, Texas, very brutal, that occurred during the years of what was called "Operation Rescue" but was directed, at least for the most part, by Protestants and was shut down by the passage of the so-called Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Bill (FACE) that was signed into law by then President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton on May 26, 1994, involving large numbers of Catholics praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary. There is a difference, though. Quite a difference.
A believing Catholic knows that he is going to encounter persecution from the world. A believing Catholic knows that he is going to suffer misunderstanding and hardship when seeking to defend the truths of the Holy Faith with non-Catholics. A believing Catholic knows that, given the state of the Church Militant at this time, he will even suffer from the hands of his own family members for merely praying the Rosary, to say nothing of rejecting the "legitimacy" of the spiritual robber barons of conciliarism. To be arrested at a supposedly Catholic university named to honor the Mother of God, she who made possible our very salvation by her perfect fiat to the will of God the Father at the Annunciation, is something that one could not have imagined fifty years ago. It would have been unthinkable that Catholics would be arrested on charges of criminal trespass for praying the Rosary or, more to the point, that they would have had to travel great distances from many parts of the country to do so as that university or college bestowed an award upon one who bases public policy in opposition to the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law.
There is no need to repeat here what was stated in Our Lady Does Not Honor Pro-Aborts twenty-six months ago now concerning the University of Notre Dame's forty-year long association with foundations that support Planned Parenthood, world "population control" and thus the chemical and surgical assassination of the innocent preborn, although I will append below a redacted version of an article about "Catholic" higher education that was written as I was studying the sedevacantist position in early-2006 but had yet to state anything public on the matter. The University of Notre Dame has simply been a bastion of anti-Catholicism for decades now, noting that there are some professors and students over the years who have tried to defend the Faith as best as they knew how in the most difficult, if not impossible, of situations.
Yes, you see, what made the actions of "Father" John I. Jenkins two years ago totally without surprise to many of us was the simple fact that the institution at which I studied for my master's degree in political science thirty-eight years ago (and at which I could have gone to its law school if I had not decided to pursue a doctorate instead) was not institutionally Catholic because it is but a voice of the "openness" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism to every error imaginable. To be sure, the gradual decline of the University of Notre Dame did not occur in the 1960s. The seeds had been planted long before. The university, though, was still recognizably Catholic. The thought of what occurred there between the time of the announcement of Obama's appearance that resulted in the mass arrests between May 8, 2009, and May 17, 2009, would have been not only unimaginable but laughable.
It was, though, within God's Holy Providence for the "Notre Dame 88" to be arrested and to suffer as they did for the honor of Our Lady, she who asked the three shepherd children in the Cova da Iria if they were willing to offer themselves to God as an act of reparation to sinners. They answered that call with distinction, and their trust in Our Lady was not misplaced.
Indeed, how supremely fitting it is that the settlement that was announced six days ago now, came on the Feast of Pope Saint Pius V, a member of
the Order of Preachers, who exhorted Catholics to pray the Rosary before
and during the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. This news is yet
another victory for Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and for the sainted
pontiff who was so devoted to and reliant upon it.
Think of it: Most of the Notre Dame 88 were arrested for
praying the Rosary. The court order agreeing to the prosecutor's arrest
was signed on the date of the feast of the sainted pope of the Rosary.
This is no accident. This is the result of the intercession of Our Lady
of the Rosary herself and of Pope Saint Pius V. God will not be outdone in His generosity to
those who are willing to bear the cross and endure everything, including
arrest and humiliation, to defend the honor of His Most Blessed Mother.
There will come a day when our lord and masters of the civil state will arrest us indiscriminately if we simply believe in the Apostles' Creed, that is, if we are members of the Catholic Church who do not dissent from anything contained within the Sacred Deposit of Faith that her Divine Founder and Invisible Head, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, entrusted exclusively to her for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication, a point that I made almost exactly five years ago in Do You Believe in the Apostles' Creed?. At that time, and it will come sooner rather than later, it will be the bonds of charity that will be formed among Catholics who have given their hearts' oblation to Our Lady, Mary our Immaculate Queen, that will save many who might otherwise have perished for all eternity because of misunderstandings and distrust, if not disgust, of their fellow members of the Church Militant on earth. And it will be the power of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary (her true Rosary, the one that consists of fifteen, not twenty, mysteries) that will save the day for them just as was the case for the Notre Dame 88.
This is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph in those chapels that adhere to the pre-1955 liturgical calendar. One will never find Saint Joseph far from his Most Chaste Spouse, Our Lady. He will help us to keep close to her in this time of treachery in the world and of apostasy in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. And Our Lady, in turn, will be ever closer to us the more that we honor her by relying upon Good Saint Joseph, who is the Patron of the Universal Church and the Protector of the Faithful.
Do not worry about any of the difficulties besetting us from the lords of Modernity and the lords of Modernism. The Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph in the end. May we simply pledge ourselves to Christ the King through Mary our Immaculate Queen, praying as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits, knowing that we must belong to Our Lady in this life if we desire to enjoy the glories of Heaven with her and all of the angels and saints, including our Good Saint Joseph.
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now in gratitude to the courage of the Notre Dame 88 and the attorneys who assisted them? Indeed it is.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
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 John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
A Reflection on the State of "Catholic" Higher Education (2006)
The fraud that is "Catholic" education has been the subject of
numerous articles of mine in the past thirty-five years. As one who has
experienced the horrors of Catholic higher education first-hand as a
student and as a professor, I can attest to the simple, undeniable fact
that souls have been and continue to be aborted as a result of the
institutionalization of programs and policies that are designed to
undermine the truths of the Catholic Faith.
Alas, we are faced today with the spectacle in one formerly Catholic
college and university after another of the promotion of the very
thing, sin, that caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer cruelly in His Sacred
Humanity during His Passion and Death. Such has been case many times in the past decade
at my own Master's alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, when one of
the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance has been celebrated
unrepentantly. Such is the case, however, every day on the campus of all
but a handful of once proudly Catholic educational institutions. The "film festivals" celebrating perversity that occurred for several straight years in the second week of February at the
University of Notre Dame in the past decade was the fruit of a long process of the
systematic de-Catholicization of Catholic higher education.
Catholic universities and colleges once
taught the Faith reasonably well when they were in the control of the Catholic Church, not her counterfeit ape. Catholic scholars were trained in a
framework of orthodoxy during most of the Nineteenth Century. They were
trained in Thomistic philosophy and theology, schooled in Patristics,
well-groomed in dogmatic and moral theology, and trained to love the
Mass of the ages and the Mother of God.
Oh, yes, elements of Americanism were
present at Georgetown College from its inception. Modernist elements
began to seep into some universities and colleges by the end of the
Nineteenth Century, which is one of the reasons Pope Saint Pius X
required an oath to be taken against the errors of Modernism. He saw the
dangers posed to the life of the Faith in Europe and in the United
States by the rampant spread of Modernism, especially in the realm of
Biblical scholarship (with the advent of the German Protestant school of
exegesis) and in the realm of philosophy (where the "process thought"
of Hegelianism, which emphasized the belief that truths evolve over time
and can change, was being taught quite openly in some places). Pope
Saint Pius X believed it was essential to safeguard doctrinal integrity
in seminaries and colleges and universities, especially since it was the
case that only those who were genuinely equipped for serious
intellectual work were the ones who attended Catholic colleges and
universities (unlike the case in our own era of egalitarianism, which
asserts that everyone is equally as able as everyone else to perform
well in college).
Over the course of time, therefore, the
foxes began to invade the henhouse at at Catholic colleges and
universities. In the United States, for instance, the Americanist ethos
of academic freedom became such a clarion call among some Catholic
intellectuals in the 1940's and 1950's that there began to be murmurings
against any and all Church interference in the life of professional
scholars. Others, such as University of Notre Dame President Father
Theodore Hesburgh, believed that Catholic colleges and universities had
been ghettoized because of their strict adherence to Catholic theology
and philosophy, that our institutions of higher learning would never be
taken seriously by "the world" if they were not open to the hiring of
non-Catholic faculty, people who would bring a "diversity of opinion"
into the academic marketplace of ideas. Also uppermost in the mind of
Hesburgh was his belief that graduates of Catholic colleges and
universities would not be able to achieve prominence in the economic,
scientific, legal, and political realms if they were viewed as graduates
of second-rate institutions which were closed-minded about the great
issues of the day.
A major turning point in the
de-Catholicization of Catholic universities and colleges occurred from
1965-1967 when seventy-five of some 500 professors at my own bachelor's alma mater,
Saint John's University (New York), went on strike. Although the
University's president at the time, Father Joseph Cahill, C.M., tried
valiantly to maintain the right of the central administration to
maintain control over the hiring and promotion and tenure of professors
to assure their adherence to the Faith, the result was that the faculty
won one of their central points: the devolution of personnel decisions
to the level of personnel and budget committees in the individual
academic departments. Dissenting Catholics and non-Catholics were hired
in droves from that point on, resulting in the eventual re-casting of a
once proud Catholic institution of higher education into a
self-professed "multicultural" center of "urban" education. The battle
at Saint John's University set the stage for the infamous meeting of
Catholic college administrators at Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin, in 1967.
As the late Monsignor George Kelly pointed out in his massive work, Battle for the American Church,
the Land O'Lakes Conference was the forum in which the administrators
of ten Catholic colleges and universities believed it was necessary for
them to secularize their institutions by divorcing themselves
voluntarily from the official control of the Roman Catholic Church in
this country. This opened the way for these institutions to take down
the Crucifixes from classroom walls, hire a glut of non-Catholics (as
well as dissenting, heretical Catholics), and to go about their business
as though the salvation of souls of the students entrusted to them did
not matter at all. Indeed, if there is no such thing as objective truth
which exists in the nature of things and exists definitely in the person
of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, Who deposited His teaching in Holy Mother
Church, then there is no need to be concerned about educating students
in the framework of Christian truth. Catholic education thus became
thoroughly Protestantized, concerned about the business of training good
apparatchiks who would make a lot of money in the professional world --
and who would therefore donate money back to the institutions which
gave them the ability to become successful financially.
The result of this has been to make formerly Catholic colleges and universities dangerous
places for the temporal and eternal welfare of souls. This includes the "conservative" colleges where students are taught to view the Fathers of the Church through the eyes of the "Second" Vatican Council and the "magisterium" of the conciliar "popes"!
decisions have been made at the more "mainstream" institutions that once belonged to Holy Mother Church to favor most deliberately the hiring and
promotion of faculty members who are either non-Catholics or those deemed to be "progressive" Catholics. Those
adjudged to be reactionary "conservatives" found themselves unable to
obtain positions in our colleges and universities or they were denied
tenure and/or promotions. Many are the horror stories of faithful
Catholic faculty members who have been hounded and harassed for their
orthodoxy while teaching in formerly Catholic universities. Naturally, the
harassment has come from the very people who claim that they are
open-minded and receptive to all people. College administrators at these institutions of apostasy
have either looked the other way or have actively participated in this
harassment, preferring to be viewed as sophisticated professionals in
the eyes of their peers at secular and/or state-run institutions of
All of this has had a devastating impact on
the intellectual and spiritual formation of young Catholics, many of
whom now enter a formerly Catholic college or university after having received
the relativistic theological training provided them in a Catholic high
school that is in conciliar captivity. Ironically, these badly catechized young Catholics entering
what they think, albeit falsely, to be Catholic colleges were taught in high schools by the graduates of the
very institutions intent on brainwashing them with the same sort of
advanced disinformation possessed by their high school teachers. The
cycle thus perpetuates itself ad infinitum.
Most of the
graduates of formerly Catholic colleges and universities have learned nothing
that is true about the Faith, coming to believe they can do anything
they want as long as their "fundamental option" is for God, including
the practice of contraception and the procuring of an abortion.
Remember, William Jefferson Blythe Clinton received his undergraduate
degree from Jesuit Georgetown University in the direct aftermath of
Georgetown's having secularized itself. (Georgetown's sister Jesuit
university, Fordham, was the first historically Catholic institution in the nation to
divest itself of official Catholic control and to voluntarily remove
Crucifixes from the walls of its classrooms in the Fall of 1966.) And it
is no wonder that a large number of the Catholic pro-aborts in public
life are graduates of once Catholic institutions of higher learning.
Catholic collegiate and university
education used to integrate the truths of the Faith into every aspect of
their academic programs. While non-Catholics who had a specialty in
mathematics or science might have been hired from time to time to teach
in their fields of competency, they were expected to familiarize
themselves with how the Catholic Faith imbues all fields of knowledge,
as Pope Pius XI noted in Divini Illius Magistri in 1929. Such
scholars were also expected to remember that they were never to place in
doubt the truths of the Catholic Faith, never to use their classrooms
as a forum to profess that which was contrary to what the Catholic
Church held was received teaching of the Second Person of the Blessed
Trinity made Man, Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And Catholics who
taught in Catholic universities and colleges understood that they had
the obligation to be scholars who were faithful to the totality of the
Deposit of Faith and to see in their students redeemed creatures who
were looking to them, the faculty, for a model as to how to live the
faith in the midst of one's own professional responsibilities. There was
an integrity to the teaching of the Faith which flowed over into all
aspects of a college or university.
Pope Pius XI noted the following in Divini Illius Magistri:
of a just freedom in things scientific, serves also as an inviolable
norm of a just freedom in things didactic, or for rightly understood
liberty in teaching; it should be observed therefore in whatever
instruction is imparted to others. Its obligation is all the more
binding in justice when there is question of instructing youth. For in
this work the teacher, whether public or private, has no absolute right
of his own, but only such as has been communicated to him by others.
Besides every Christian child or youth has a strict right to instruction
in harmony with the teaching of the Church, the pillar and ground of
truth. And whoever disturbs the pupil's Faith in any way, does him grave
wrong, inasmuch as he abuses the trust which children place in their
teachers, and takes unfair advantage of their inexperience and of their
natural craving for unrestrained liberty, at once illusory and false.
In fact it must never be forgotten that the subject of
Christian education is man whole and entire, soul united to body in
unity of nature, with all his faculties natural and supernatural, such
as right reason and revelation show him to be; man, therefore, fallen
from his original estate, but redeemed by Christ and restored to the
supernatural condition of adopted son of God, though without the
preternatural privileges of bodily immortality or perfect control of
appetite. There remain therefore, in human nature the effects of
original sin, the chief of which are weakness of will and disorderly
Pope Pius XI's words are very clear: "And
whoever disturbs the pupil's Faith in any way, does him grave wrong,
inasmuch as he abuses the trust which children place in their teachers,
and takes unfair advantage of their inexperience and of their natural
craving for unrestrained liberty, at once illusory and false." No one is
free to lead himself or others into temptation.
We pray every day in
the Pater Noster that we will not be led into temptation (Et ne nos inducas in tentantionem).
There is no "freedom" to deny or to put into question the truths
contained in the Deposit of Faith. None. There is no "balancing" of the
Faith and "academic freedom," as a spokesman for "Father" John Jenkins,
C.S.C., the President of the University of Notre Dame, noted recently in
an article in The New York Times. "All sides" must must not be
taught as equal to the Faith, as the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, an
ardent Americanist and a fierce apologist for the Kennedys, argued
during the first controversy involving Father Charles Curran in
1967. Every Catholic must be faithful to the Deposit of Faith at all
times. No one must be hired to teach in any Catholic education
institution who dissents from even one iota of the truths of the Holy
Faith. It is that simple.
What, then, is the Catholic understanding
of academic freedom? Again, the answer is simple. A Catholic
understanding of academic freedom affords individual professors great
latitude in presenting the truths of the Faith in accord with their own
personalities and temperaments. We have different communities of
religious men and women in the Church. Those communities, at least
traditionally until they were infected with Modernism and the blight of
perverse moral problems condemned in no uncertain terms by Saint Peter
Damian, expressed the truths of the Faith in different ways. Each had
different charisms and missions. The Benedictines and the Cistercians
and the Carmelites and the Dominicans and the Franciscans and the
Jesuits and the Pallotines and the Vincentians and the Redemptorists and
the Passionists--and countless others--served the cause of the
sanctification and salvation of human souls in many and varied ways. In
like manner, you see, two Catholic professors of the same subject matter
might teach the same course in very different ways without ever once
putting any truths of the Faith into question. That's a legitimate understanding of academic freedom.
For example, one professor might prefer the
Socratic method of instruction, peppering his students with questions
during class time to get them to discern and to defend the truth.
Others, including me, prefer the lecture method of instruction. Neither
is received from the hand of God. Both are legitimate forms of
Similarly, some professors may prefer
students to respond at length to essay questions in order to demonstrate
a profound grasp of the subject matter, more or less forcing the
students to "teach" the reader of their essay about a question as though
the reader knew nothing about the subject. Other professors may prefer
short-answer essays to cover to variety of topics. Still others might
desire students to answer "objective" questions (multiple choice,
true-false, fill-in-the-blank, which is one of my own favorite devices
to test the breadth of student comprehension). Once again, none of these
things are de fide. Professors and teachers should be given
the widest latitude in the method of instruction and examination they
believe will best inform and then challenge their students.
To be sure, there can be lively
intellectual discussions and arguments among students and faculty
members even when the Faith is transmitted in all of its purity and
integrity. Catholic scholarship does not argue about what is true (no
less about whether there is such a thing as truth). Rather, authentic
Catholic scholars can and do argue, sometimes quite forcefully, about
the application of received teaching in concrete circumstances.
What sort of governmental system is most conducive to the establishment
of the Social Kingship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Is the contemporary state by
its very definition and composition a threat to the life of the Faith?
What particular policies are the best way to protect the primacy of the
Divine positive law and the natural law? What is the correct interpretation of a particular philosopher or a passage from a piece of literature or the correct translation to be used in a piece of scholarship. These, and many other areas, constitute legitimate forms of academic freedom as understood by the Catholic Church.
What is inarguable, however, is the fact
that the Catholic Church is the true Church founded by our Lord upon the
Rock of Peter, the Pope, and that He has revealed truths which are
clear, certain and immutable. Anyone who argues about that is an abject
heretic. Anyone who contends that an "opposition" to the Catholic Faith
must be presented on equal terms with the Faith, as opposed to examining
errors so as to be able to recognize and refute them (which is a
necessary part of the educational process), is in league with the devil.
No one has to be "fair" to the "opposition," as the instigator of the
secularized "Catholic" university, former University of Notre Dame
president Father Theodore Hesburgh noted five years ago in The New York Times. We must not be "fair" to the devil, the progenitor of all falsehoods. We learn about errors to refute them. For Catholics, you see, must be faithful to each and every one of the truths of the Faith without giving a moment's credibility
to anything that is in opposition to those truths and thus harmful to
the souls for whom Our Lord shed every single drop of His Most Precious
Blood. Professors need to aspire to the holiness of Saint John Cantius,
not the worldliness of our present day.
The late Father John A. Hardon, S.J,. said
in a conference given at Saint Ignatius Loyola Church in New York, New
York, in August of 1978 that the implantation of doubt in the souls of
the young was a crime almost as great as that of killing an unborn child
by abortion (whether by chemical or surgical means.) "To cause a young
person to doubt the Faith is to help to abort that soul." Father noted,
moving his head from side to side, looking straight as his audience for
emphasis. Sadly, though, much of what passes for Catholic education (including
elementary and secondary schools) in the conciliar structures does precisely this, doing so in the
fallacious belief that there can be no true faith without doubt. While
it is true that some people may have crises of faith in their own lives
from time to time, we are not to encourage doubt. One of the spiritual
works of mercy is precisely to counsel the doubting.
Contemporary Catholic higher education in conciliar captivity, at least in
most instances, does more that encourage doubt. No, it actually does much
to destroy faith by the promotion of atheist, leftist, collectivist,
relativist, statist, redistributionist, feminist, positivist,
environmentalist, pantheistic, evolutionist, indifferentist and other
naturalist ideologies, including those of the New Age ilk. Its participation in the
rot of explicit instruction in matters pertaining to personal purity
feeds the myth that human beings are beast who are incapable of
controlling themselves by means of Sanctifying Grace. And more that a
handful of practicing homosexuals and lesbians have been recruited into a
lifestyle of perversity and self-destruction as a result of propaganda
in favor of sodomy disseminated on the campuses of formerly Catholic colleges and
universities (where openly pro-abortion and sodomite-friendly groups
are permitted to meet and to participate in the life of those campuses).
As though the hiring of non-Catholic and
heretical Catholic faculty members has not caused enough damage to souls
over the last forty-five years, the messages transmitted by those faculty
members in their classrooms is forcefully reinforced by speakers brought
in to address students during special events (or at their graduation
ceremonies). Workshops are held and retreats are sponsored to brainwash
students in the ways of "progressive" Catholicism. Zen meditation rooms
are to be found on supposedly Catholic college campuses. Some of these colleges
have even actively recruited a large body of non-Catholic students so as to
force anyone who might be inclined to speak authentically as a Catholic
(whether students or faculty members) to be dissuaded from doing so in
order not to offend the sensibilities of multiculturalism and pluralism
and diversity. "Liturgies" held at most Catholic colleges and
universities are generally the worst offered in the world of the Novus Ordo, and that is putting the matter very, very mildly. This has all been very insidious, very demonic.
The bottom line of this is all really quite
simple: a Catholic does not possess the right to deny the received
teachings of Christ the King. No one is free morally to lead people into error.
Indeed, the whole secular notion of academic freedom is itself both an
exercise in relativism and hypocrisy. It is an exercise in relativism in
that it asserts that scholars must be free to distort history and to
relativize known truths into meaninglessness, much in the manner
promoted by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is an exercise in rank hypocrisy
in that those who dissent from the prevailing cultural orthodoxy, no
less hold fast to the Church's authentic Tradition, have no freedom at
all to teach as they desire in the classroom. In an utter perversion of
a right principle, the very people who profess to be the guardians of
academic freedom jealously fight off perceived heresies, denying to
others the very freedom they extol. The very people who want liberation
from the Church, who is our mater and our magister,
make themselves into a magisterium which will impose harsh penalties
upon those who dissent from its defense of cultural orthodoxy,
theological relativism, and liturgical irreverence.
Although the problems that exist in the fraud and sham that is "Catholic"
education at all levels in the conciliar structures today antedate the "Second" Vatican Council, to be
sure, the errors of the past fifty years have made it possible for the
nascent Modernism of the 1940s and 1950s to become institutionalized so
as to deform countless numbers of souls.
One of those errors that has
made it possible for Catholic institutions to maintain something of a
Catholic "identity" while divesting themselves of their official, de jure connection to the Church is the error of episcopal collegiality. The
unwillingness of one conciliar "pope" after another, starting with Giovanni Montini/Paul VI, who
did not intervene in the matter of Father Charles Curran's open dissent
from Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968), no matter the legitimate problems with that document, while serving on the theology faculty of
The Catholic University of America in 1968, to require that Catholicism be taught in supposedly Catholic colleges and universities is the result of their own Modernism and, at least in part, to
be seen to be in the least critical of any of their "bishops" or
institutions. Even Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II's Ex Corde Ecclesia motu proprio,
which was meant to require theology professors to seek an episcopal
mandate in order to teach in a Catholic university or college or
seminary, was opposed vigorously by many "bishops," including Bernard
"Cardinal" Law. Souls have thus been lost and/or grossly
deformed by heretics and infidels, causing incalculable damage to the
the right ordering of the world
itself, which depends upon rightly ordered Catholics to provide it with
the leaven of Our Lord's truth and the assertion of His Social Reign
over men and nations.
Pope Pius XI wrote directly in Divini Illius Magistri about the dangers of leading students into temptation. His words have
direct application to a play with a gross, indecent title that has
become popular in recent years (and has been banned, thankfully, at
Providence College in Rhode Island):
It is no
less necessary to direct and watch the education of the adolescent,
"soft as wax to be moulded into vice," in whatever other environment
he may happen to be, removing occasions of evil and providing occasions
for good in his recreations and social intercourse; for "evil
communications corrupt good manners."
More than ever nowadays an extended and careful vigilance is
necessary, inasmuch as the dangers of moral and religious shipwreck are
greater for inexperienced youth. Especially is this true of impious and
immoral books, often diabolically circulated at low prices; of the
cinema, which multiplies every kind of exhibition; and now also of the
radio, which facilitates every kind of communications. These most
powerful means of publicity, which can be of great utility for
instruction and education when directed by sound principles, are only
too often used as an incentive to evil passions and greed for gain. St.
Augustine deplored the passion for the shows of the circus which
possessed even some Christians of his time, and he dramatically narrates
the infatuation for them, fortunately only temporary, of his disciple
and friend Alipius. How often today must parents and educators bewail
the corruption of youth brought about by the modern theater and the vile
Worthy of all praise and encouragement therefore are those
educational associations which have for their object to point out to
parents and educators, by means of suitable books and periodicals, the
dangers to morals and religion that are often cunningly disguised in
books and theatrical representations. In their spirit of zeal for the
souls of the young, they endeavor at the same time to circulate good
literature and to promote plays that are really instructive, going so
far as to put up at the cost of great sacrifices, theaters and cinemas,
in which virtue will have nothing to suffer and much to gain.
It is clear that most formerly Catholic educational
institutions today, the products of Modernity in the world and Modernism
in the conciliar church, reject such sage advice as they promote the very things
denounced by Pope Pius XI. It is also clear that most formerly Catholic
educational institutions today reject the only purpose of Catholic
education: to form souls faithfully according to the mind of the Divine
Redeemer as He has discharged it solely in the Catholic Church. Once
again, the words of Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri are apposite:
proper and immediate end of Christian education is to cooperate with
divine grace in forming the true and perfect Christian, that is, to form
Christ Himself in those regenerated by Baptism, according to the
emphatic expression of the Apostle: "My little children, of whom I am in
labor again, until Christ be formed in you." For the true Christian
must live a supernatural life in Christ: "Christ who is your life,"and
display it in all his actions: "That the life also of Jesus may be made
manifest in our mortal flesh."
For precisely this reason, Christian education takes in the
whole aggregate of human life, physical and spiritual, intellectual and
moral, individual, domestic and social, not with a view of reducing it
in any way, but in order to elevate, regulate and perfect it, in
accordance with the example and teaching of Christ.
Hence the true Christian, product of Christian education, is the
supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently
in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of
the example and teaching of Christ; in other words, to use the current
term, the true and finished man of character. For, it is not every kind
of consistency and firmness of conduct based on subjective principles
that makes true character, but only constancy in following the eternal
principles of justice, as is admitted even by the pagan poet when he
praises as one and the same "the man who is just and firm of purpose."
And on the other hand, there cannot be full justice except in giving to
God what is due to God, as the true Christian does.
The scope and aim of Christian education as here described,
appears to the worldly as an abstraction, or rather as something that
cannot be attained without the suppression or dwarfing of the natural
faculties, and without a renunciation of the activities of the present
life, and hence inimical to social life and temporal prosperity, and
contrary to all progress in letters, arts and sciences, and all the
other elements of civilization. To a like objection raised by the
ignorance and the prejudice of even cultured pagans of a former day, and
repeated with greater frequency and insistence in modern times,
Tertullian has replied as follows:
'We are not strangers to life. We are fully aware of the
gratitude we owe to God, our Lord and Creator. We reject none of the
fruits of His handiwork; we only abstain from their immoderate or
unlawful use. We are living in the world with you; we do not shun your
forum, your markets, your baths, your shops, your factories, your
stables, your places of business and traffic. We take shop with you and
we serve in your armies; we are farmers and merchants with you; we
interchange skilled labor and display our works in public for your
service. How we can seem unprofitable to you with whom we live and of
whom we are, I know not.'
The true Christian does not renounce the activities of this
life, he does not stunt his natural faculties; but he develops and
perfects them, by coordinating them with the supernatural. He thus
ennobles what is merely natural in life and secures for it new strength
in the material and temporal order, no less then in the spiritual and
This fact is proved by the whole history of Christianity and
its institutions, which is nothing else but the history of true
civilization and progress up to the present day. It stands out
conspicuously in the lives of the numerous Saints, whom the Church, and
she alone, produces, in whom is perfectly realized the purpose of
Christian education, and who have in every way ennobled and benefited
human society. Indeed, the Saints have ever been, are, and ever will be
the greatest benefactors of society, and perfect models for every class
and profession, for every state and condition of life, from the simple
and uncultured peasant to the master of sciences and letters, from the
humble artisan to the commander of armies, from the father of a family
to the ruler of peoples and nations, from simple maidens and matrons of
the domestic hearth to queens and empresses. What shall we say of the
immense work which has been accomplished even for the temporal
well-being of men by missionaries of the Gospel, who have brought and
still bring to barbarous tribes the benefits of civilization together
with the light of the Faith? What of the founders of so many social and
charitable institutions, of the vast numbers of saintly educators, men
and women, who have perpetuated and multiplied their life work, by
leaving after them prolific institutions of Christian education, in aid
of families and for the inestimable advantage of nations?
Obviously, formerly Catholic institutions of higher education are in the control of the conciliar revolutionaries. They will be restored one day when a true pope actually consecrates Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate
Heart, thereby restoring the Mass of all ages as normative in the Roman
Rite of the Catholic Church and restoring right doctrine in all of the
Church's educational institutions and parishes. Until that time,
however, we must continue to denounce the errors of the present day and
seek to protect ourselves and our children from those errors as we have nothing to do with the conciliar officials. We must continue our to present the
truths of the Faith with clarity and in charity and to call errors by their proper names until that
time, at which point our work will be as commonplace in the Age of Mary
Immaculate as it was in the time before Modernism began to eclipse the
Faith and started to lead souls into temptation and despair.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.