Official SOLT Statement Regarding Fr John Corapi
Posted by SOLT Webmaster at 13:50
Posted by SOLT Webmaster at 13:50
No feeling in his foot
By Fr. Joseph Briody
Josef De Veuster, best known as the Leper Priest, was born on 3 January 1840 in Belgium. Entering the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Leuven, he took the name Damien.
Though clever, he was considered unsuitable for the priesthood because he lacked education. But he learned Latin from his brother and it was agreed he would be ordained.
During his studies he prayed daily before the image of St Francis Xavier, patron saint of the foreign missions, to be sent on the missions. When his brother Auguste could not travel to Hawaii as a missionary because of illness, Damien went in his place.
On 19 March 1864 he landed in Honolulu. A few weeks later he was ordained a priest and assigned to the mission on the island of Hawaii.
At the time Hawaii had major health problems. The people were contracting diseases introduced by foreign traders and sailors. Thousands died of �flu, syphilis and other diseases new to them, including leprosy, for which there was no known cure.
In 1865 Hawaii issued the “Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy”. The lepers were to be quarantined. Between 1866 and 1969 over 8,000 people were sent to Molokai on the Kalaupapa peninsula. They were provided with food but no proper healthcare.
The local bishop realised that a priest was needed to care for the lepers. But such an appointment could be a death sentence and he did not wish to instruct any priest to go there.
was the first to volunteer and on 10 May 1873 he arrived on Molokai. His first act was to build a church and establish the Parish of St Philomena.
He devoted himself to the spiritual needs of his people as well as nursing, building homes, making coffins and digging graves. He wrote to his brother, rewording St Paul: “I make myself a leper with the lepers to gain all to Jesus Christ.”
Under Damien�s leadership the life of the lepers improved. At his own request he remained on Molokai, escaping the disease for 12 years.
But one evening as he bathed his feet in boiling water he noticed he had no feeling in his right foot. It was the first sign. At next Sunday�s Mass he began his homily: “We lepers…” The news was flashed around the world.
Fr Damien died of leprosy on 15 April 1889, aged 49. He was buried under the same tree where he first slept on his arrival on Molokai. In January 1936 his body was moved to Leuven at the request of the Belgian government.
In August 1889 a Honolulu Presbyterian minister, Rev C. M. Hyde criticised his work, referring to him as “a coarse, dirty man” whose leprosy could be put down to “carelessness.”
One person who strongly defended Fr Damien was Robert Louis Stevenson, himself a Presbyterian, the author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
In 1890 Stevenson stayed on Molokai for 8 days. He vigorously defended the heroic virtues of Fr Damien. He proved correct. On 11 October 2009 Damien was canonised in Rome along with Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Mahatma Gandhi also defended the priest�s name. Gandhi claimed Fr Damien was an inspiration for his social campaigns in India. Gandhi said:
“The political and journalistic world can boast of very few heroes who compare with Fr Damien of Molokai. It is worthwhile to look for the sources of such heroism.”
Of course the source was Damien�s faith in Christ and the charity flowing from that. At the canonisation Pope Benedict said that the new saints had given themselves “without calculation or personal gain. Their perfection… consists in no longer placing themselves at the centre, but choosing to go against the flow and live according to the Gospel.”
Well, here’s a tasty piece from friends across the pond in Scotland…
by Gerald Warner
HT/PM – CATHOLIC TRUTH SCOTLAND
‘NEVER let a good crisis go to waste” was the political maxim formulated by Hillary Clinton. It has been adopted by the fading trendies in the Catholic Church who still carry the burnt-out torch of the Second Vatican Catastrophe, in their Intifada against Pope Benedict XVI.
The sex abuse scandal in the Church – the product of the post-Conciliar nihilists’ own iconoclastic destruction of traditional Catholic morals and spirituality – has audaciously been conscripted to serve their desperate agenda to overthrow the Pope, secure a “progressive” successor and eventually replace the Papacy with some kind of lay soviet (well, that is what happens to your brain if you inhaled substances other than incense, back in the 1960s).
Such an inversion of the truth is not without precedent: the Venerable Pius XII saved 860,000 Jews from the Nazis; but today, thanks to defamation by a German playwright, propagated by “liberal” Catholics, the one individual who did more than anyone on earth to help the Jews is demonised and bracketed with Heinrich Himmler. Now, the Spirit-of-Vatican II groupies are going after Benedict XVI on the child abuse ticket.
“Radical” Catholics are attacking the Vatican, like the chav mobs that sporadically besiege the houses of paediatricians. Our television screens are filled with geriatric ex-Jesuits, feminist nuns, “progressive” theologians and every variety of Lollards and Fifth Monarchy Men. Even their 1960s poster-boy Hans Küng (yes, he is still alive) has emerged from obscurity to throw his pebble at Benedict.
Who was to blame for child sex abuse but precisely the generation of Vatican II revolutionaries who are now wringing their gnarled hands in hypocritical outrage? As the official Irish government report into abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin proves, this orgy of evil was overwhelmingly perpetrated in the post-Vatican II era. During the 1970s and 1980s, when it was at its height, there was only one mortal sin in the Catholic Church: attempting to celebrate or attend the Latin Tridentine Mass.
Contrast the vicious persecution of traditionalist priests and laity with the extravagant indulgence extended to serial child abusers. Today, their chickens have come home to roost. These were the children of Paul VI, of aggiornamento, of the great Renewal: now they must be made to take ownership of their own scandal. It is they who are in denial, not the Pope.
They are being supported by the media, whose agenda is to pressurize the Catholic Church into moral relativism, to withdraw its condemnation of abortion, contraception, divorce, homosexuality, embryo experimentation, ordination of priestesses and every other precept that conflicts with the secularist New World Order.
That will not happen. The fatuity of much of the attack is blatant. Evidently priests abused altar boys because of clerical celibacy. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, yet vicars and boy scouts have been mainstays of the Sunday tabloids for a century. The Dublin report recorded a ratio of 2.3 boy victims to one girl: the last thing these men wanted was a wife.
The much-hyped Wisconsin scandal, used to traduce Benedict XVI, is another example of forcing the wrong pieces into the jigsaw to fabricate the required picture. The local police investigated Father Murphy in 1974 and refused to believe his accusers. More than 20 years later, when Murphy was dying, his case was referred to the then Cardinal Ratzinger. In 1998 he declined to unfrock the now repentant offender who died four months later.
The Milwaukee district attorney had refused to prosecute Murphy because the statute of limitations had run out; the Vatican faced the same canonical problem. Why are the Milwaukee authorities not blamed instead of the Vatican? Why was Cardinal Ratzinger expected to unravel a case that had baffled the local police 24 years earlier?
Unfrocking would not have deprived Murphy of his priesthood – that is irremovable. It would only have prevented him functioning as a priest, which he was no longer capable of doing.
It is time for the Pope to retaliate. He should adopt the liberals’ strategy of not wasting a crisis. The media are howling for the heads of bishops. Very well: give them dozens, even hundreds. This is an opportunity to get rid of every mitred 1960s flower-child obstructing the return of the Tridentine Mass, liturgical reverence and doctrinal orthodoxy. The episcopal gerontocracy, along with the flared-trousered seminary rectors promoting the ordination of social worker priests and blocking genuine vocations, is ripe for a cull. The abuse scandal is only a part of the larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe – it really is too good to waste.
Catholic Truth Scotland has its combox open on the subject of their first U.K. Woman Priest. Here’s one insightful comment I snatched off the blog from Stuart:
“This organization claims that in the early Church, deaconesses were ordained well have a look at this quote ladies….
“Similarly, in regard to the deaconesses, as with all who are enrolled in the register, the same procedure is to be observed. We have made mention of the deaconesses, who have been enrolled in this position, although, not having been in any way ordained, they are certainly to be numbered among the laity” (Council of Nicea. Canon 19 [A.D. 325]).””
END OF POST/CONTINUAL PRAYER FOR THESE…