Thursday, September 18, 2008

On attacks against priests

(Source: The Pieta Prayer Book, available here.)


"One should NEVER attack a priest, even when he's in error, rather one should pray and do penance that I'll grant him My grace again. He alone fully represents Me, even when he doesn't live after My example!" (source: page 29, Mutter Vogel's Worldwide Love, St. Grignion Publishing House, Altoting, South Germany (29. 6. 1929).

"When a Priest falls we should extend him a helping hand THROUGH PRAYER AND NOT THROUGH ATTACKS! I myself will be his judge, NO ONE BUT I!" "Whoever voices judgment over a priest has voiced it over Me; child, never let a Priest be attacked, take up his defense." (Feast of Christ the King 1937)

"Child, Never judge your confessor, rather pray much for him and offer every Thursday, through the hands of My blessed Mother, Holy Communion (for Him) (18.6. 1939)

"Never again accept an out-of-the-way word about a Priest, and speak no unkind word (about them) EVEN IF IT WERE TRUE! Every Priest is My Vicar and My heart will be sickened and insulted because of it! If you hear a judgment (against a Priest) pray a Hail Mary." (28. 6. 1939)

"If you see a Priest who celebrates the Holy Mass unworthily then say nothing about him, rather tell it to Me alone! I stand beside him on the altar!" "Oh pray much for My priests, that they'll love purity above all, that they'll celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with pure hands and heart. Certainly the Holy Sacrifice is one and the same even when it is celebrated by an unworthy priest, but the graces called down upon the people is not the same!" (28. 2. 1938)

Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord, Keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world, Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, - Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord, They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts, With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host. That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed, Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
Imprimatur: +D. Card. Dougherty, Arch. of Philadelphia

Mary Queen of the Clergy, pray for priests.


Cleghornboy said...

Excellent post. And a timely reminder. However, while we should never attack a priest, fraternal correction is another matter:

Sanctus, I continue to be impressed with your Blog with its sound articles and beautiful art work. It definitely puts mine to shame - and most I've come across.

The older I get the more I appreciate the genius of women Pope John Paul II spoke of. Who was it who said that women rule and men drool?

Anyway, keep up the great work sister.

In Christ,

Sanctus Belle said...

You are right of course Paul, fraternal correction when a priest is in error is in fact an act of charity when done with respect. In this cast the motive of the one doing the "correcting" is for the good of the soul of the person/priest/bishop/etc. To name call, publicly humiliate or otherwise attack the person of a priest is what this post addresses. It is very easy to confuse the two issues. May the Lord bless you Paul.