Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J. (1805-1888): A Maundy Thursday Sermon

Today is Maundy Thursday.

The Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection actually began with the Office of Tenebrae yesterday evening, and it will end on Easter Sunday.

These are the holiest days are the zenith of Holy Mother Church’s liturgical year. This is the day on which Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Priesthood and the Eucharist at the Last Supper for our sanctification and salvation. Although Our Lord would enter deep into His Passion immediately after the completion of the Last Supper as He suffered His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, He wonderfully gave us the Holy Priesthood of the New Dispensation as He instituted the New and Eternal Covenant that He would ratify by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross tomorrow, Good Friday. We must express our gratitude to Him at all times for giving us the Priesthood so that we can have access on a daily basis to His own Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion, made present for us on altars of Sacrifice by true bishops and true priests in this time of apostasy and betrayal.

This is a day to keep watch with Our Lord in His Real Presence at the Altar of Repose, remembering most importantly to beg Our Lady to make more and more voluntary sacrifices to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son through her own Immaculate Heart for our sins and those of the whole world.

Additionally, though, I am providing those who access this site with a sermon written by Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J., who was an Austrian missionary to the United States of America in the Nineteenth Century after the revolutions that shook Central Europe in 1848.

Father Weninger was a fearless defender of the Holy Faith and a prolific writer. One of his most important books was Protestantism and Infidelity.

The Catholic Encyclopedia describes his work as follows:

Jesuit missionary and author, born at Wildhaus, Styria, Austria, 31 October, 1805; died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 June, 1888. When already a priest and doctor of theology, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1832 and in 1841 was sent to Innsbruck, where he taught theology, history, and Hebrew. As the Revolution of 1848 impeded his further usefulness at home, he left Europe and went to the United States. During his forty years he visited almost every state of the Union, preaching to vast multitudes in English, French, or German, as best suited the nationality of his hearers. In the year 1854 alone he delivered nearly a thousand sermons, and in 1864 he preached about forty-five missions. His zeal also prompted Father Weninger to win souls with the pen and he published forty works in German, Sixteen in English, eight in French, three in Latin. Among his principal works are: "Manual of the Catholic Religion" (Ratisbon, 1858); "Easter in Heaven" (Cincinnati, 1862); "Sermons" (Mainz, 1881-86). (Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J.)

Omitted from this list, however, is Father Weninger’s Protestantism and Infidelity, which is a superb critique of Protestantism’s complete infidelity to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Sacred Deposit of Faith.

As Our time and our heart belong entire to Our Lord and His Paschal Triduum as we keep ever close to Our Lady, who was with Him every step of the way as he participated the Queen of Martyrs in His Redemptive Act on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday, I will withhold the publication of another—and relatively brief!—commentary on the coronavirus scam that has caused Catholics across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide at this time of apostasy and betrayal to be frightened by the high priests and priestesses of the “healthcare” and “scientific communities” until after noon on Holy Saturday.

A most blessed Paschal Triduum to you all. 

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Republished: Conciliarism's Patron Saint: Judas Isacariot

As today is Wednesday of Holy Week, which is commonly known as Spy Wednesday, I thought it appropriate to republish an commentary about the conciliar fascination with the salvation of the traitor named Judas Iscariot. 

The Office of Tenebrae this evening commences the Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection, May Our Lady send us all the graces we need to retreat from the world and its distractions so that we can be focused solely on all that her Divine Son's sufferings that our sins, having transcended time, imposed upon His Sacred Humanity. Indeed, it was the fearful thought of coming into contact with sin, which is the very antithesis of His Sacred Divinity, that caused Our Lord to sweat droplets of His Most Precious Blood in His Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani. Our Lord did all of this in perfect obedience to His Co-Equal, Co-Eternal God the Father and out of the ineffable love for us stupid, self-centered, ungrateful and erring sinners from the depths of His Most Sacred Heart, which Itself was formed out of the Immaulate Heart of Mary that would be pierced through and through with the sword of suffering that had been prophesied by the aged Simon in the Temple at her Purification. 

Additionally, of course, we must remember that Our Lady suffered a martyrdom of her most pure soul as she shared perfectly in the sufferings of her Divine Son, which was the subject of the most recent original commentary on this website: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the Biggest Fool of Them All.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the Biggest Fool of Them All

[A few minor technical problems concerning spacing between paragraphs in the text of this commentary have been corrected. Also, as I write the text in a Word docment before importing onto this site's platform, on which I seen a number of articles go "proof" with an inadvertent movement of a cursor, which is why I write on a Word document before importing the text, I did not notice until late on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30, 2021, that there was imported text below Father Weninger's first sermon for Good Friday in the Appendix that was a duplication of material in the main body of the commentary. That problem has  bee rectified as well.

[Now, as Tuesday of Holy Week was given over to the running of errands for my family, I will not have the commentary on Jorge Mario Bergoglio's misrpresentation of the work of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori until Easter Monday. I also want to assure readers that I am not ignoring President In Name Only Biden's statist, totalitarian agenda from hell but need at least ten solid days of writing to address this logical denouement of the false premises on which the modern civil state has been founded. The modern civil state must wind up producing totalitarianism as a diabolical substitute for the true liberty afforded men and their nations if they yoke themselves to the Social Reign of Christ the King. Such a commentary may not appear until near the end of April as I have to complete the one on Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri and one oth er commentary before returning to the labor-intensive and time-consuming task of completing "Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus, part twelve." The need for non-tax-deductible financial gifts remains. Thank you.]

No, I just don’t sit around twiddling my thumbs when there is an absence of nearly a week following the publication of one original commentary to the next. It just takes me longer to complete articles now than in the past. However, I do hope that the completed articles of some assistance to the readership of this site.

Obviously, I am very much mindful that this is Holy Week, and this commentary is very apropos for this week of weeks in which Our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, wrought our salvation for us during His Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday as it deals with Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s repeated disparagement of Our Lady as the Co-Redemptrix of the human race.

Indeed, this commentary is very appropriate for Holy Week as it includes the following passage from Father Francis X. Weninger’s First Sermon for Good Friday speaks to the point of doctrine Bergoglio called “foolishness” on December 12, 2019, very directly:

As it seemed good to the Lord to place a helpmate by the side of the earthly Adam, so we behold at the side of Jesus, the heavenly Adam, Mary, the Eve of the New Law; that, as by the fall of the first Adam and Eve the whole human race was plunged into an abyss of woe, so through the second — Jesus and Mary — rescued man was led to hope for heaven.

It is true that, in the abstract, it was the merits of Christ alone which effected our redemption, yet, that its fruits might be imparted to man individually, Jesus was pleased to place by his side a mother — Mary — for the consolation and assistance of the human race.

Therefore, God filled her heart with the most fervent affection for us, who have been born in sin, ensnared by numberless temptations, walking in the path to heaven, it may be, but in constant danger of going astray, and persecuted by the enemies of our salvation who rejoice when we make but one false step, hoping thereby that we will become their prey forever. Mary's heart is filled with the most unspeakable compassion for us; and no mother, of her own natural inclination, so fondly loves a child, so tenderly cares for its welfare, so untiringly watches over it in every danger, as does Mary in regard to the children of men; especially if they have had the happiness of receiving baptism as members of the Holy Catholic Church. "Come ye all to me, and be filled with my fruits." Thus does Holy Church cry out to those who zealously walk under her protection and patronage in the way of perfection, the path which leads to the joys of heaven. (Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J., Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Liturgical Year: Three Sermons for Every Feast, published originally by C. J. H. Lowen, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1882, pp. 279-287.)

This commentary is divided into the following parts:

  1. An Overview of Bergoglio’s Blasphemy
  2. The Theology of Redemptive Suffering is Excluded by Denying Our Lady as the Co-Redemptrix
  3. The Meaning of Our Lady as Co-Redemptrix
  4. Father Francis X. Weninger, S.J. On the Infallibility of Papal Teaching
  5. Summary
  6. An Act of Reparation
  7. Appendix: Father Francis Weninger’s First Sermon for Good Friday

An effort is being undertaken to have a commentary on Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s effort to twist Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri as a witness on behalf of the Argentine Apostate’s own moral laxity, but I will not post it even it is completed if I cannot publish it before Maundy Thursday and will thus hold it over until Easter Monday. There are two other commentaries, including “Sin: More Deadly Than the Coronavirus, part 12," that will follow later during Easter Week or the week thereafter.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

A Holy Week Reflection: From the Garden of Eden to Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday.

We have now entered into the most solemn week of the year as we withdraw more and more from the world and its false allurements to unite ourselves as never before with the events of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death prior to experiencing the glory of His Resurrection following the Mass on Holy Saturday, April 11, 202-, and on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, thus beginning a marvelous celebration of the Octave of Easter and the Easter season.

We need Our Lady’s help to keep and to intensify our Lenten penances this week. May our reliance upon the Most Sorrowful Mysteries of her Holy Rosary aid us in understanding what our sins did to her Divine Son and to her and how grateful we must be for being the unmerited beneficiaries of the Mercy won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and for being given from that Cross so great and wonderful and perfect a mother as she, Our Blessed Mother, is to us by Our Divine Redeemer Himself.

"From Eden to Palm Sunday" is a substantial revision of a reflection that I wrote for the printed pages of Christ or Chaos in 1997. Given the vastness of the subject, this reflection is pitifully, woefully inadequate. The revised article is really a condensed version of what was gone into in greater detail in the Living in the Shadow of the Cross lecture program. About half of the lecture program dealt with material condensed in the current article. Obviously, Holy Week is not a time to watch this lecture program! However, it is there for those who are interested at some point during the months that follow.

To greet Christ the King this Palm Sunday and every day of our lives, we must not let anything get in the way of letting Him treat us according to the tender mercies of His Most Sacred Heart, remembering that nothing anyone does to us, says about us or causes us to suffer is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Him to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during His fearful Passion and Death on the wood of the Holy Cross and that caused those Swords of Sorrow to be pierced through and through the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother.

Our fervor during this week of weeks must be genuine, and we must beg Our Lady, especially by meditating upon the Sorrowful Mysteries of her Most Holy Rosary, to help us persist in this fervor moment by moment, day by day, week in and week out, month after month, year after year until the time when we meet Christ the King, Our Crucified and Risen Saviour, at the moment of our Particular Judgment.

Much progress is being made on the next original article, which will deal with Jorge Mrio Bergoglio's latest disparagement of Our Lady as Our Co-Redemptrix. The commentary will be posted as soon as it is completed. Although I  hold out some hope that it can be published tomorrow, Tuesday of Holy Week is the most likely date for its publication. Thank you for your patience as I once again ask readers to make a non-tax-deductible financial gift if at all possible

A blessed Palm Sunday to you all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint John of Capistrano (whose feast is suppressed this year), pray for us.

Saint John Damascene: Images to Last for All Eternity

The great saint whose feast we celebrate today, Saint John Damascene, fought the iconoclasts in his day. And while many, although far from all, of our Catholic churches are now in the hands of the conciliar iconoclasts, we can festoon our homes with images of Our Lord and Our Lady and Saint Joseph and other saints as we use these images to remind us of we are united to the saints represented in these images by means of the Communion of Saints and that we hope to share Heaven with them for all eternity in the glory of the Beatific Vision. 

Today is, of course, our daughter Lucy’s nineteenth birthday and the thirteenth anniversary of her First Holy Communion. The years have just flown by. 

We are very blessed to have our dear daughter, who was taught by a mother possessed of a pure love of the Holy Catholic Faith and a deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God. I give thanks every day and night for the blessings represented by my family. Deo gratias! Please do pray for Lucy Mary Therese Norma Droleskey on her birthday today. Thank you. 

The next original commmentary for this site may not appear until Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30, 2021. There is much work yet to do on it. Thank you for your  patience, and I thank you also for considering the request I made a few weeks ago for non-tax-deductible financial gifts. Indeed, I will revised the Donations page soon, a page that includes a snail mail address for those who prefer to send non-tax-deductible financial gifts in the mail rather than online. A person who sent a donation asked for his address a short while ago, ut my e-mail to his address was sent back as undeliverable. The snail mail address is found on the Donations page linked above.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us. 

Saint John Damascene, pray for us.

Reflections on the Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Passiontide (2021)

Unfathomable. Just unfathomable

Only a handful of genuine mystics and truly gifted spiritual masters have been able to comprehend the unfathomable mysteries of grief that overwhelmed the fairest creature of our race, Our Lady, as those Seven Swords of Sorrow were plunged through and through her Immaculate Heart. We sin so casually, so thoughtlessly, so repeatedly, rarely giving a moment’s worth of a meditation to how our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer unspeakable horrors during His Passion and Death, horrors that penetrated the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother as she, conceived without any stain of Original or Actual Sin, suffered in a perfect communion of Hearts with Him. It cannot be that way with us from this day forward.

We are on the cusp of Holy Week, ending now the first week in Passiontide, Passion Week. We must enter deep into the mysteries of our salvation, which was wrought for us by the perfect obedience of the Word made Flesh in Our Lady’s Virginal and Immaculate Womb to the Will of His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father. We must quit our sins once and for all, recognizing how they caused the God-Man and His Most Blessed Mother to suffer, how they wound our own souls, which have been purchased by the shedding of every single drop of the Divine Redeemer’s Most Precious Blood, and how they have brought great sorrow into the Heart out of which was formed Our Redeemer’s Most Sacred Heart.

No more sin.

No more joking about sin.

No more dismissiveness about the gravity of sin.

We must repent and amend our lives as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady brought forth her Divine Son painlessly and miraculously. She brought us forth in great pain as the adopted children of the Living God as she stood so valiantly by the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. She stands by the foot of her Divine Son’s Most Holy Cross in every true offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by a true bishop or a true priest. We must stand by her each day at Holy Mass as we make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world with every beat of our hearts, making sure as well to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.

Also, pleased be assured that I will have a commentary about Jorge Mairo Bergoglio's latest blasphemy of Our Lady and his effort to coerce perjury out of the works of Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri by Palm Sunday at the very latest.

Finally, as the hour is late, I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of my late father’s widow, Mrs. Joanna Simon Shipp Droleskey, who died in Sylvania, Ohio, yesterday, Thursday, March 25, 2021, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Commemoration of Thursday in Passion Week, at the age of ninety-four.

My father was so distraught after my mother’s death on March 18, 1982, that he couldn’t bear being without her. It was within God’s Holy Providence that a fellow veterinarian, a practicing Catholic, who was his subordinate in the Texas Department of Public Health in Harlingen, Texas, introduced him to Joanna Simon Shipp, who had been widowed from her first husband, Leonard Shipp, for three years.

Although I admitted it at the time and admit it now, it was very difficult in human terms at first to see my father with a woman other than my mother so soon after my mother’s death. However, I knew at the time that, despite my own difficulties of adjusting to the situation, that Joanna was going to be the Heaven-sent means to bring my father back to the Holy Faith that he had stopped practicing in his college days at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas from 1938 to 1943. Joanna did just that, stipulating that my father go to Confession to an older priest in Harlingen as a condition for their getting married on December 17, 1982. Joanna’s stipulation was a Spiritual Work of Mercy that revivified my father’s soul as he would die as a practicing Catholic on September 5, 1992, in Sylvania, Ohio, after he had moved to Joanna’s home community in 1990.

Joanna Simon was born on December 1, 1925 and entered the convent of the School Sisters of Saint Francis when she was a teenager. She made her final vows and taught school for a number of years before the changes wrought in religious life were too difficult for her to bear, being granting a dispensation to leave her order in 1967. It was two years thereafter that she had married Leonard Shipp, an executive with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), and moved to Harlingen, Texas, from Ohio. Joanna cared for her first husband and his father for ten years before Leonard Shipp died from heart problems in 1979 a short time after his father had died. Joanna did nothing other than care for others throughout her entire life. Indeed, she provided excellent spiritual and temporal care to my father, who was a mess after my mother’s death and would have been much more of a mess had he not met and married Joanna. She was wonderful to my father.

Despite having been married and widowed twice, Joanna Simon Shipp Droleskey never stopped living the life of a religious. She spent her entire days in widowhood sitting in a chair reading her prayers despite suffering from severe neck pain that caused her to wear a brace. She was truly a victim soul who helped to sanctify the world by her fidelity to her Rosary and other prayers, including a very long list of people for whom she prayed every day. She was kept alive for all these years to suffer for souls and to be a source of inspiration to all who knew her.

I visited Joanna whenever I passed through the Toledo, Ohio, area during my annual summer national speaking tours when associated with The Wanderer in the 1990s, and she first met Sharon and Lucy in 2003 when we drove through in our motor home on a speaking tour, and we would visit her every time we passed through Toledo thereafter. Joanna was living in an assisted living facility in Sylvania, Ohio, when we saw her for the last time on December 4, 2019, and she was in fine spirits despite being in great physical pain.

Therefore, I ask you to join us in praying for the response of the immortal soul of Joanna Simon Shipp Droleskey, who is survived by a sister, many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in the Toledo, Ohio, area.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

On the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Fiat Mihi Secundum Verbum Tuum

Today's feast  signifies the moment when the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the very Word through Whom all things were made, personally entered into human history as He was made Incarnate in the Virginal and Immaculate Womb of His Most Blessed Mother by the power of the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, Who overshadowed Our Lady after she had given her perfect Fiat to the Will of the First Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Father, as that Will was made known to her by Saint Gabriel the Archangel.

The whole of human history is changed today--and no one can remain neutral about what happened on this day. If the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity really did become Man this day in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb so as to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross thirty-three years later, as we know is indeed the case, then every person and every nation on the face of this earth must acknowledge this fact and subordinate everything to the Deposit of Faith that He has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication.

We must pray to Our Lady every day so that we will never lose sight of the centrality of the Incarnation in our own lives and in the lives of our nations, never lose sight of the fact that Holy Mass itself is Incarnational as the Word Who was made Incarnate in her Virginal and Immaculate Womb is made Incarnate on altars of sacrifice under the appearances of bread and wine by true bishops and true priests. Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ spent nine months in the tabernacle of Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb, thereby sanctifying the wombs of al mothers. He is in solidarity with every child in every mother's womb. Every abortion, whether by chemical or surgical means, is an indirect attack on the Incarnation that took place this very day.

Pleaes scroll below for the article posted about twenty-four hours ago, Antipope Appoveth, Antipope Undermineth What He Approveth.

A blessed Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all!

Antipope Approveth, Antipope Undermineth What He Approveth

The conciliar revolutionaries are very adept at undermining their own teaching, although none of them has done so with the particular boldness of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has, even if ever so subtly, began to undermine a “response” by the misnamed “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” to dubium about pastoral “blessings” upon sodomites who have entered into “civil unions” that he himself had approved on Monday, February 22, 2021, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter in Antioch. Bergoglio began to undermine his “doctrinal” congregation’s response to the dubium during his Angelus address on Sunday, March 21, 2021, which was Passion Sunday and the Commemoration of Saint Benedict in the Catholic Church but was the “Fifth Sunday of Lent” in his counterfeit church of conciliarism, by saying the following as a way to undermine his congregation’s refusal to permit the “blessing” of “civil unions” that he had approved:

It means sowing seeds of love, not with fleeting words but through concrete, simple and courageous examples, not with theoretical condemnations, but with gestures of love. Then the Lord, with his grace, makes us bear fruit, even when the soil is dry due to misunderstandings, difficulty or persecution, or claims of legalism or clerical moralism. This is barren soil. (Angelus Address, March 21, 2021.)

This commentary deals with Bergoglio’s undermining of the conciliar Congregation for the Deformation, Destruction, and Deconstruction of the Holy Faith near the end of its text as the first two-thirds of the commentary explain how conciliar documents on the Sixth and Ninth Commandments are based in false premises that wind up serving as instruments to further the conciliar agenda against the Holy Faith. Being bereft of ability to understand their own falsehoods, the conciliar revolutionaries attempt to fight moral evils, no matter how tepidly, without addressing the fact their proliferation in the direct result of the anti-Incarnational civil state of Modernity with which they long ago made their “official reconciliation.”

Now, a bit of speculation on an entirely different matter.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 25, 2021, is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Commemoration of Thursday in Passion Week. It is also the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the Society of Saint Pius X, whose false Gallicanist ecclesiology remains so many even today three decades the basis of the “resist while recognize” movement.

Now, my speculation on the following is purely that as the thought about it occurred to me while writing the text of this long commentary: Might Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who loves to “make a mess of things,” seek to deflect criticism for his banning all private “Masses” in the Basilica of Saint Peter and the consigning of stagings/offerings of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition in the basilica’s crypt by posthumously lifting the ban of excommunication that was imposed upon him, Lefebvre, on July 2, 1988, in Ecclesia Dei Ad Afflicta? This speculation may be without any merit. However, it would be in character for Bergoglio to try to woo the bishops and priests of the Society of Saint Pius X by such a gesture of “mercy” to further neutralize what has long been the “controlled opposition” of what passes for the much of the traditional movement.

Finally, we have been informed by a person who attends a chapel administered by a priest of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, that the fifty-one year-old police officer, Eric Talley, who bravely responded to the call of duty when Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa opened fire upon shoppers at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday, March 22, 2021, the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer here in the United States and the Commemoration of Monday Passion Week, and was mortally wounded by the gunfire was a member of a Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen parish in Colorado.

Press reports state that Officer Talley, who was married and was the father of seven children, had given up a six-figure position to become a police officer after a friend of his was killed in automobile accident caused by a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. His bravery and valor are admirable.

Our prayers, therefore, should be with the Talley family at this time as we pray for the repose of his immortal soul. A commentary on this tragedy—and the recent killings by Robert Aaron Long in Atlanta, Georgia, will follow by Palm Sunday along with a republished reflection on Holy Week.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine up him.

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.

The Sacrament of Confirmation: To Be Foot Soldiers in the Army of Christ the King

This is a brief reflection on the Sacrament of Confirmation sixty years to the day after I received it at the hands of the late Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York.

Another original article should appear by Tuesday or, at the very latest, by Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the Feast of Saint Gabriel the Archangel, and the Commemoration of Wednesday in Passion Week.

Tomorrow, Monday, March 22, 2021, is the Feast of Saint Isidore the Farmer, a double major feast here in the United States of America, noting that it is celebrated elsewhere on May 15 annually if not impeded by the feasts of the Paschal season.

Finally, Dr. Paul Byrne has asked the two-page statement pasted below be submitted to the Uniform Law Commission.

Thank you for your consideration of Dr. Byrne’s urgent request.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

Saint Benedict of Nursia, pray for us.

Saint Isidore the Farmer, pray for us.

Saint Maria de la Cabeza, pray for us.

Dr. Byrne's Statement to the Uniform Law Commission:

The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) has been adopted in all 50 states based on the recommendation of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Now the ULC is considering revision of the UDDA. 

The UDDA states, “An individual who has sustained either 1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or 2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem, is dead. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.”

The first (1) is termed death by cardio-pulmonary criteria and the second, (2) death by neurological criteria (DNC) aka as “brain death” (BD).

When DNC, aka BD, the heart is beating with circulation delivering oxygen to every part of the body and taking away waste products.

A reason to declare DNC is to get organs for transplantation from patients with a beating heart, circulation, and respiration (exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in tissues).  Proposed UDDA revisions by BD proponents would, by statute, take away any rights of patients or their families to prevent declaration of BD by doctors and would explicitly not require consent for doing the dangerous procedure of the apnea test (PAT).

The ULC is considering revision of the UDDA so DNC will be done without providing notice, information, or getting consent from loved ones to declare BD including the procedure of the apnea test (PAT) with its risks.

The PAT involves removing the life-supporting ventilator for up to 10 minutes or longer. The PAT purposely increases carbon dioxide to stimulate brainstem nerves to initiate a breath as would occur in a healthy person.  There is no validation data that a patient with an injured brain will respond normally to high levels of carbon dioxide by taking a breath or a gasp.  The function of taking a breath may not be observed.  The part of the brain being tested may not be functioning but that does not mean it is destroyed.  It may be potentially able to recover if in the state of penumbra (blood flow that is too low to detect but not totally absent).  The PAT may harm the patient since increased carbon dioxide can make brain swelling worse causing brain destruction.  In addition, the PAT does not test all brainstem functions related to breathing.  Families may be told that oxygen will be given implying that the test is safe.  Giving oxygen does not protect against harms from high carbon dioxide and may depress other breathing reflexes.  The PAT is of no benefit to the patient and only risks harm.

The patient declared DNC has a beating heart and other organs suitable for transplantation but is not a true corpse or cadaver suitable for burial or cremation.

Potential organ donors asked to give consent at the DMV may believe that organs are taken only after true death. They should know that when organs are taken from a BD patient the heart is beating and circulation is present.

No one should be declared dead until rightly and correctly a cadaver ready for burial or cremation.

What can we do?

  • Write to the Uniform Law Commission and tell them that the UDDA needs to be repealed and replaced by “No one shall be declared dead unless respiratory and circulatory systems and the entire brain have been destroyed.  Such destruction shall be determined in accord with universally accepted medical standards.” 
  • Full and complete information and the opportunity to decline use of neurological criteria alone to declare death must be provided.
  • Full and complete information and the opportunity to decline the Procedure of the Apnea Test must be provided.
  • Full and complete medical records must be made available on request within 24 hours to family, surrogates, attorneys, and designated physicians including while the patient is still in hospital.
  • Communicate the same to your federal and state legislators.

The Honorable Samuel Thumma, Chairman

Members of the Determination of Death Act Committee

Uniform Law Commission

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Saint Benedict of Nursia: Founder of Western Monasticism and Adamant Foe of Heresy, Paganism, and Idolatry

This reflection contrasts the work of Saint Benedict of Nursia with that of the two most recent conciliar “popes.”

Much time is spent in this reflection giving attentionn to Bergoglio’s denial of the commission that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave to the Eleven on Ascension Thursday to convert all men to the true Faith. Saint Benedict of Nursia, the father of western Monasticism and thus of Europe itself, had an intolerance for such teaching. So should we. 

A Passiontide Reflection was published about fifteen hours ago. Another article will follow by tomorrow morning.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. 

Saint Benedict of Nursia, pray for us.


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