Heresy or Schism?

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

They have the buildings, we have the faith.
They have the buildings, we have the faith.

With those words, Archbishop Lenga spelled out what is at stake in the final Synod, which begins in a very few weeks now. In preparation for the Synod of Irreversible Change, the Bishop of Rome has  worked tirelessly to set the stage for these changes. On September 8, he issued two Moto Proprios, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et misericors Iesus, two documents cleverly designed to establish the Bergoglio/Kasper Agenda in the Church irreversibly.

On the same day, L’Osservatore Romano published an article by the head of the Pope’s Commission for “reforming” the matrimonial nullity process, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto. Pinto is Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. For those seeking to understand the vast implications of this latest effort of our merciful Pontiff, Msgr. Pinto’s article is a good place to start. Thanks once again to Rorate Caeli for bringing this important article to us.

Rorate points out that Msgr. Pinto’s article indicates,

“We are facing not a mere procedural reform but a true revolution regarding the “divorced and remarried” and the Church’s very understanding of justice and mercy. The reforms are bluntly described as coming from Our Lord and from the Holy Spirit, acting through Francis. The ‘divorced and remarried’ are now redefined as forming part of ‘the poor’ for which the Church should have a special solicitude; anyone aware of the heightened place held by ‘the poor’ (e.g . the ‘preferential option for the poor’) in the post-Conciliar Magisterium should be aware of the magnitude of the shift involved here.”

And then Rorate remarks with their usual concision:

“Perhaps this is one reason why this commentary has been ignored by most of the English-language Catholic press and commentariat: it stands in the way of any and all attempts to pretend that it is still business as usual in the Church.”

And now, excerpts from Msgr. Pinto’s article, with my comments in red:

… But there exists an essential novelty that is defining Pope Francis’ actual mission. It is no longer time simply for analyses, it is time for action in order to begin that work of justice and mercy so long awaited – by re-ordering the pastoral practice and canon law, to a large extent in effect for almost three centuries. Francis had already announced this at that the beginning of his pontificate on July 28th 2013, at the conclusion of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
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So, with this fundamental law, Francis makes a real beginning to his reform: by putting the poor at the center, that is, the divorced and remarried, considered set apart and distant, and asking bishops for a true and proper metànoia. That is to say, a “conversion”, a change of mentality which convinces and sustains them in following the invitation of Christ, present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome, to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity — because of evident absence of faith as a bridge to knowledge and thus to the free will [necessary] to give sacramental consent — but are left on the outside by the current system.

Thus, Francis expects of the Bishops: “a change of mentality” in order to follow, not just the Bishop of Rome, but “the invitation of Christ” which he states is “present in their brother, the Bishop of Rome”. Thus, Pope Francis is claiming unequivocally that these changes are demanded by Christ who is speaking through him. No explanation is given for this change of mentality ordered by Christ speaking through His humble servant Francis, which contradicts over two thousand years of teaching.

And what does he claim as the result of this demanded obedience? It is, “to pass from the restricted number of a few thousand annulments to that immeasurable [number] of unfortunates who might have a declaration of nullity –“. So, that is, to vastly increase i.e., “immeasurable” the number of annulments. 

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In the two motu proprios – placed by the Pope under the protection of the Mother of God – the diocesan bishop, or the eparch, is the anima (soul) of the so-called short process, which will be implemented in accordance with the strict conditions set out: the evident nullity [found] in the incontestable facts (already outlined above), the agreement of the parties (or at least the declared absence of the Respondent in the process), the immediate affirmative sentence, considering with gravity the writings [testimony or declarations] of the parties and the Defender of the Bond; or referring [the case] back to the ordinary process, if [the bishop or eparch], always assisted by the instructor and the Assessor, is unable to reach moral certainty for the declaration of nullity.

Here, it states that the Pope is placing these changes “under the protection of the Mother of God”. Sister Lucia spoke of precisely this sort of thing, “Let us remember that Jesus Christ is a very good Son and that He does not permit that we offend and despise His Most Holy Mother. We have recorded through many centuries of Church history the obvious testimony which demonstrates by the terrible chastisements which have befallen those who have attacked the honor of His Most Holy Mother, how Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.”

But how will the bishops or eparchs, most of all in large dioceses, be able to guarantee, at least in part and as a sign, their role as shepherds and judges? What is important is that the spirit of collegiality and communion among bishops under obedience to the Pontiff, begins to permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds. The faithful are waiting with eagerness and love for such a metànoia and will nonetheless be patient in the Lord when faced with the good faith of their shepherds. The Jubilee Year of Mercy expects this sign of humble obedience (on the part of the Churches’ shepherds) to the Spirit who speaks to them through Francis.

Note the emphasis on the importance of “obedience to the Pontiff” which must “permeate the hearts and minds of the shepherds”. Repeated emphasis demanding obedience of the Bishops in this important matter.

The recent formation course of the Roman Rota in Mexico City offers high hopes, with the participation of around four hundred priests and laypeople, men and women from all the Central American Nations, sent by their shepherds and enthusiastic about serving the poor in their Churches, by assisting the judiciary ministry of their bishops. Francis sent a letter expressing his confidence that such courses can be multiplied as “a service of the Pope and particular Churches, remembering the first “Peter” according to the testimony of “his third successor, Pope Clement I, who, in his letter to the Corinthians intervenes by regulating the matters distinct (peculiar) to that local community”.

Note here the reference to historical precedent from Pope Clement I. A bit of historical precedent never hurts when you are obliterating two thousand years of doctrine and practice. 

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In the case of evident nullity of marriage, the process is short – terms like “brief” and “administrative” need to be avoided – and here the judge is the bishop, who has two assessors with whom he discusses the moral certitude of the facts accepted for the marriage annulment. If the bishop reaches this certitude, he pronounces his decision, otherwise he defers the case to the ordinary process.

Note that it is stated that the preferred term is “short”, but not “brief”. Surpassingly odd don’t you think? ….

In the short process, appeal is rare, since the parties are in agreement and the facts about the nullity evident; and in the presence of elements that induce belief that the appeal is merely dilatory and specious, this might be rejected for lack of juridical conditions.

The ordinary process, on the other hand, may last a year at most, the double conforming sentence is abolished and in short, the non-appealed affirmative sentence ipso facto becomes (is) enforced. If an appeal is made after an affirmative sentence, this may be rejected in the case of the evident lack of arguments; for example, in the case of a specious appeal to harm the opposite party.

The reform holds in consideration the main reason for the request of the (declaration of) matrimonial nullity: this is requested for reasons of conscience, for example: to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new stable, happy bond (relationship), different from that of the first.

Note the stated purpose: the main reason given for the declaration of nullity is to receive the Sacraments of the Church or to improve a new, stable, happy bond different from the first.

In plain language then, the purpose of the declaration of nullity is affirmed to be to allow the couple who have broken their matrimonial vows to both receive our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Communion and present the fact of their adulterous union to the community of the faithful as a valid marriage simply based on their desire to have it so.

We repeat:

“The Pope during the Synod will show whose side he is on. If he accepts the statement of those who want to distribute Holy Communion to the divorced, there would be a heresy in the Church, and if he does not accept, there could be a schism in the Church.” Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga.

And now, we must renew our prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary, Immaculate Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church to purge the Church from error and defend the honor of the Bride of Christ so brutally betrayed by those claiming to be in charge.

UPDATE 17 September, 2015:  For an excellent summary, see Antonio Socci on Rorate Caeli here. An excerpt from Socci is helpful to understand the gravity of this situation:
“Sister Lucia, the Fatima visionary, one day said to Cardinal Caffarra: “Father, there will come a time when Satan’s decisive battle with Christ will be over marriage and the family”.
This is it.
If this is the hour of “the bishop dressed in white” there will be sufferings for everyone (remember the vision of the city in ruins?).

Sweet Heart of Mary be our salvation!
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
Remember, pray the Rosary and confound satan!

~  evensong ~

Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga’s Open Letter

In today’s world the bishops must liberate themselves from all worldly bonds and – after they have done penance – convert to Christ so that strengthened by the Holy Spirit they may announce Christ as the one and only Saviour. Ultimately one must give account to God for all that was done and for all what wasn’t done. (Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, Emeritus Bishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan)

Archbishop Lenga, in February took the unusual step of issuing an Open Letter in order to alert the faithful to the escalating crisis in Faith. Although we originally only posted a link to the original letter on Rorate, due to demand, we now provide the full letter, with credit to Rorate Caeli.

Reflections on some current problems of the crisis of the Catholic Church

I had the experience of living with priests who were in Stalinist prisons and camps and who nevertheless remained faithful to the Church. During the time of persecution they fulfilled with love their priestly duty in preaching Catholic doctrine thereby leading a dignified life in the imitation of Christ, their heavenly Master.
I completed my priestly studies in an underground Seminary in the Soviet Union. I was ordained a priest secretly during the night by a pious bishop who himself suffered for the sake of the faith. In the first year of my priesthood I had the experience of being expelled from Tadzhikistan by the KGB.

Subsequently, during my thirty-year stay in Kazakhstan, I served 10 years as priest, caring for faithful people in 81 localities. Then I served 20 years as bishop, initially as bishop of five states in Central Asia with a total area of around four million square kilometers.

In my ministry as a bishop I had contact with Pope Saint John Paul II, with many bishops, priests and faithful in different countries and under different circumstances. I was member of some assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican which covered themes such as “Asia” and “The Eucharist”.

This experience as well as others give me the basis to express my opinion on the current crisis of the Catholic Church. These are my convictions and they are dictated by my love of the Church and by the desire for her authentic renewal in Christ. I am forced to resort to this public means of expression because I fear that any other method would be greeted by a brick wall of silence and disregard.

I am aware of possible reactions to my open letter. But at the same time the voice of my conscience will not allow me to remain silent, while the work of God is being slandered. Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church and showed us in word and deed how one should fulfill the will of God. The apostles to whom He bestowed authority in the Church, fulfilled with zeal the duty entrusted to them, suffering for the sake of the truth which had to be preached, since they “obeyed God rather than men”.

Unfortunately in our days it is increasingly evident that the Vatican through the Secretariat of State has taken the course of political correctness. Some Nuncios have become propagators of liberalism and modernism. They have acquired expertise in the principle “sub secreto Pontificio”, by which one manipulates and silences the mouths of the bishops. And that what the Nuncio tells them appears as it would be almost certainly the wish of the Pope. With such methods one separates the bishops from one another to the effect that the bishops of a country can no longer speak with one voice in the spirit of Christ and His Church in defending faith and morals. This means that, in order not to fall into disfavour with the Nuncio some bishops accept their recommendations, which are sometimes based on nothing other than on their own words. Instead of zealously spreading the faith, courageously preaching the doctrine of Christ, standing firm in the defense of truth and of morals, the meetings of the Bishops’ Conferences often deal with issues which are foreign to the nature of the duties of the successors of the apostles.

One can observe at all levels of the Church an obvious decrease of the “sacrum”. The “spirit of the world” feeds the shepherds. The sinners give the Church the instructions for how she has to serve them. In their embarrassment the Pastors are silent on the current problems and abandon the sheep while they are feeding themselves. The world is tempted by the devil and opposes the doctrine of Christ. Nevertheless the Pastors are obliged to teach the whole truth about God and men “in season and out”.

However, during the reign of the last holy Popes one could observe in the Church the greatest disorder concerning the purity of the doctrine and the sacredness of the liturgy, in which Jesus Christ is not paid the visible honour which He is due. In not a few Bishop’s Conferences the best bishops are “persona non grata”. Where are apologists of our days, who would announce to men in a clear and comprehensible manner the threat of the risk of loss of faith and salvation?

In our days the voice of the majority of the bishops rather resembles the silence of the lambs in the face of furious wolves, the faithful are left like defenseless sheep. Christ was recognized by men as one who spoke and worked, as one, who had power and this power He bestowed upon His apostles. In today’s world the bishops must liberate themselves from all worldly bonds and – after they have done penance – convert to Christ so that strengthened by the Holy Spirit they may announce Christ as the one and only Saviour. Ultimately one must give account to God for all that was done and for all what wasn’t done.

In my opinion the weak voice of many bishops is a consequence of the fact, that in the process of the appointment of new bishops the candidates are insufficiently examined with regard to their doubtless steadfastness and fearlessness in the defense of the faith, with regard to their fidelity to the centuries-old traditions of the Church and their personal piety. In the issue of the appointment of new bishops and even cardinals it is becoming increasingly apparent that sometimes preference is given to those who share a particular ideology or to some groupings which are alien to the Church and which have commissioned the appointment of a particular candidate. Furthermore it appears that sometimes consideration is given also to the favour of the mass media which usually makes a mockery of holy candidates painting a negative picture of them, whereas the candidates who in a lesser degree own the spirit of Christ are praised as open and modern. On the other side the candidates who excel in apostolic zeal, have courage in proclaiming the doctrine of Christ and show love for all that is holy and sacred, are deliberately eliminated.

A Nuncio once told me: “It’s a pity that the Pope [John Paul II] does not participate personally in the appointment of the bishops. The Pope tried to change something in the Roman Curia, however he has not succeeded. He becomes older and things resume their usual former course”.

At the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, I wrote a letter to him in which I begged him to appoint holy bishops. I reported to him the story of a German layman who in the face of the degradation of the Church in his country after the Second Vatican Council, remained faithful to Christ and gathered young people for adoration and prayer. This man had been close to death and when he learned about the election of the new Pope he said: “When Pope Benedict will use his pontificate solely for the purpose to appoint worthy, good and faithful bishops, he will have fulfilled his task”.

Unfortunately, it is obvious that, Pope Benedict XVI has often not succeeded in this issue. It is difficult to believe that Pope Benedict XVI freely renounced his ministry as successor of Peter. Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the Church, his entourage however has barely translated his teachings into life, bypassed them often in silence or has rather obstructed his initiatives for an authentic reform of the Church, of the liturgy, of the manner to administer Holy Communion. In view of a great secrecy in the Vatican for many bishops it was realistically impossible to help the Pope in his duty as head and governor of the whole Church.

It will not be superfluous to remind my brothers in the episcopacy of an affirmation made by an Italian masonic lodge from the year 1820:

“Our work is a work of a hundred years. Let us leave the elder people and let us go to the youth. The seminarians will become priests with our liberal ideas. We shall not flatter ourselves with false hopes. We will not make the Pope a Freemason. However liberal bishops, who will work in the entourage of the Pope, will propose to him in the task of governing the Church such thoughts and ideas which are advantageous for us and the Pope will implement them into life”.

This intention of the Freemasons is being implemented more and more openly, not only thanks to the declared enemies of the Church but with the connivance of false witnesses who occupy some high hierarchical office in the Church. It is not without reason that Blessed Paul VI said: “The spirit of Satan penetrated through a crack inside the Church”. I think that this crack has become in our days quite wide and the devil uses all forces in order to subvert the Church of Christ. To avoid this, it is necessary to return to the precise and clear proclamation of the Gospel on all levels of ecclesiastical ministry, for the Church possesses all power and grace which Christ gave to her: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and I am with you always unto the end of the world” (Mt 28, 18-20), “the truth will set you free” (John 8, 32) and “let your word be Yes, yes; No, no: for whatsoever is more than these comes of evil” (Mt 5, 37). The Church cannot adapt herself to the spirit of this world, but must transform the world to the spirit of Christ.

It is obvious that in the Vatican there is a tendency to give in more and more to the noise of the mass media. It is not infrequent that in the name of an incomprehensible quiet and calm the best sons and servants are sacrificed in order to appease the mass media. The enemies of the Church however don’t hand over their faithful servants even when their actions are evidently bad.

When we wish to remain faithful to Christ in word and deed, He Himself will find the means to transform the hearts and souls of men and the world as well will be changed at the appropriate time.

In times of the crisis of the Church God has often used for her true renewal the sacrifices, the tears and the prayers of those children and servants of the Church who in the eyes of the world and of the ecclesiastical bureaucracy were considered insignificant or were persecuted and marginalized because of their fidelity to Christ. I believe that in our difficult time this law of Christ is being realized and that the Church will renew herself thanks to the faithful inner renewal of each of us.

January 1st 2015, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
+ Jan Pawel Lenga

Motus in fine velocior

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the subsequent papacy of Francis has resulted in a train of events comparable to an avalanche or tsunami causing upheaval and confusion in its wake. In a post nearly a year ago, I quoted Dr. Roberto de Mattei regarding this phenomenon:

The events succeed one another more quickly. The latin ‘motus in fine velocior’ is commonly used to indicate the faster passing of the time at the end of an historical period. The multiplication of events, in fact, shortens the course of time, which in itself does not exist outside of the things that flow. Time, says Aristotle, is the measure of movement (Physics, IV, 219 b). More precisely we define it as the duration of changeable things. God is eternal precisely because He is immutable: every moment has its cause in Him, but nothing in Him changes. The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.

February 11 marked the start of an acceleration of time, which is the consequence of a movement which is becoming vertiginous. We are living through an historical hour which is not necessarily the end of times, but certainly the end of a civilization and the termination of an epoch in the life of the Church. If at the end of this epoch, the clergy and lay Catholics do not take their responsibility very seriously, there will inevitably be realised that fate which the visionary of Fatima saw unveiled before her own eyes:

“And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’ Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious were going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

Professor de Mattei’s reference to a prophecy of Fatima is significant, and we will return to it later. In the above quote, Dr. de Mattei observed, “The more one distances himself from God the more chaos, produced by the change, increases.” Then consider for a moment, the chaotic rapidity of the events since last February, when that remark was made. In just the past few weeks, we have seen Cardinals closest to Pope Francis reveal that he (Francis) was behind the agenda of last October’s Synod on Marriage and the Family, (see here), that he intends to change the Catholic Church “irreversibly” (see here), and that dogma can and should change (see here). In a recent article, John Vennari quotes from a pro-Francis book by Paul Valelly, speaking of Pope Francis’ policy of giving Holy Communion to people who are living in adulterous relations, “Bergoglio never altered his doctrinal orthodoxy on such matters but he did not allow dogma to overrule the priority of pastoral concern.” Vallely then quotes Buenos Aires ‘slum’ priest Father Juan Isasmendi, who said “He [Bergoglio] was never rigid about the small and stupid stuff, (sic)  because he was interested in something deeper.” And so, to Pope bergoglio, dogma is “small and stupid”? Really?

The rapidity of events initiated by Pope Francis and his faction (Kasper, Marx, Baldisseri, Maradiaga) calls forth a response from the few faithful prelates who are attempting to stand firm in defense of the dogma of the faith. Cardinal Burke appears to be leading the resistance but there are also a few others, among them, most recently is the brave voice of his Excellency Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, bishop emeritus of the diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Rotate (here) reports on the good Archbishop’s recent Open Letter in which he writes:

“the voice of my conscience will not allow me to remain silent, while the work of God is being slandered.  … Some Nuncios have become propagators of liberalism and modernism. …However, during the reign of the last holy Popes one could observe in the Church the greatest disorder concerning the purity of the doctrine and the sacredness of the liturgy, in which Jesus Christ is not paid the visible honour which he is due. In not a few Bishop’s Conferences the best bishops are “persona non grata”. Where are apologists of our days, who would announce to men in a clear and comprehensible manner the threat of the risk of loss of faith and salvation?”

“It will not be superfluous to remind my brothers in the episcopacy of an affirmation made by an Italian masonic lodge (see here) from the year 1820: “Our work is a work of a hundred years. Let us leave the elder people and let us go to the youth. The seminarians will become priests with our liberal ideas. …  liberal bishops, who will work in the entourage of the Pope, will propose to him in the task of governing the Church such thoughts and ideas which are advantageous for us and the Pope will implement them into life”. This intention of the Freemasons is being implemented more and more openly, …  with the connivance of false witnesses who occupy some high hierarchical office in the Church. It is not without reason that Blessed Paul VI said: “The spirit of Satan penetrated through a crack inside the Church”. I think that this crack has become in our days quite wide and the devil uses all forces in order to subvert the Church of Christ. To avoid this, it is necessary to return to the precise and clear proclamation of the Gospel on all levels of ecclesiastical ministry, for the Church possesses all power and grace which Christ gave to her …  The Church cannot adapt herself to the spirit of this world, but must transform the world to the spirit of Christ.”

Another good Archbishop who has been outspoken in defense of the perennial teaching of the Faith is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, also of Kazakhstan, who is to give a talk in Washington D.C. soon. Let us pray for them all, for it becomes more and more likely that we may be participating in the closing of the 2,000 year-long era of the Faith. Perhaps, we may yet see, the unfolding of a prophecy described in a little known apparition (see here) of Sister Lucia of Fatima, as revealed by Antonio Socci:

At around 4 p.m. on January 3, 1944, in the chapel of the convent, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to make known His will: ‘I then felt a friendly hand, maternal and affectionate, touch my shoulder.’

Sister Lucia of Fatima
Sister Lucia of Fatima

And the Mother of God said to her: ‘be at peace, and write what I have commanded you, but not, however, that which has been given to you to understand its meaning’, intending to allude to the meaning of the vision which the Virgin herself had revealed.

Immediately afterward, said Sister Lucia, ‘I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of a lance like a flame that is detached, touches the axis of the earth, and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers, the clouds, exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them, in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted. It is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven.”

The vision clearly points to a coming purification of the world and confirms earlier visions in which it is foretold that in the course of the chastisement, entire nations will be destroyed. This deeply mystical vision confirms the need for us to observe all things which have been commanded to us, in devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Christ our King. Stand firm in the Faith, and pray the Rosary, offering reparation always. Watch and pray, be ready for the Bridegroom.

†  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

†  Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

†  St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families, protect our priests!

†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  by evensong, for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!