Some wonderfully encouraging news. Father Serafino Lanzetta has been appointed by Bishop Egan of Portsmouth, England to the Church of St. Mary of Gosport. He brings with him seven seminarians and a group of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Very brave of Bishop Egan but cannot help but feel it is a beautiful sign that Our Blessed Mother is looking our for her own son. After all, he is being welcomed into St. Mary’s Church!.
In happier times, before their order was suppressed by Pope Francis, Father Lanzetta remarked of Mary’s meaning for priests, “Mary is always present in the life of the priest; she guides him in the midst of his trials, of the difficulties and the joys of his ministry. Begetting every priest in the Son, Mary re-clothes them with her perpetual virginity. (Missio Immaculatae, May/June 2010).
The answer to the “serene theology” of the Bergoglio/Kasper agenda is more and more priests like Father Lanzetta, who are solidly orthodox and totally devoted to the Immaculate Mother. For too many years now, the modernist post-conciliar church has portrayed Marian purity as a negative; even more so under the baleful gaze of Pope Francis, who uses his false mercy to bludgeon fidelity to the faith. But it is the active purity of the Immaculata that will triumph. Despite all attempts to suppress the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Our Lady will see them through. They know that their strength is in her Immaculate Heart and she will not fail them.
There is a lesson for us all in this. Mother of God, and Mother of Priests, Mary is the perfect model of motherhood. She will not fail her children, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, pray for the Church!