“All men by nature desire to know”
(Aristotle, MetaphysicaBook 1, Part 1)
In times of crisis, it is natural for us to ask “Why?” Why has such a calamity befallen us? Is this evil a punishment from God? We are inclined to ask about calamities, such as the present novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in terms of God’s punishment in His permissive will.
Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to know with certitude the specific reason why God would punish the world. Theologically, we know that God has permitted the present pandemic via His permissive will. The reason, however, is not something to which we may be privy without an authentic private revelation.
In the present moment of extreme unease, people are searching for answers, and some are indeed turning to private revelation. Gloria TV has made one such effort.
Over at CatholicHerald, Fr. Raymond de Souza has published an article about Pope Ven. Pius XII not calling an Ecumenical Council. The recent opening of the archives of the first 10 years of Pius’ pontificate was the occasion for Fr. de Souza’s article.
Because of my research with Fátima, I have an abiding interest in Pius XII. Some time ago, I published a brief blog post about the book The Godmother by Fr. Charles Murr.* In this book, Murr, Mother Pascalina’s godson, revealed the reason why Pius XII did not call an Ecumenical Council.
Fr. Murr says that Mother Pascalina told him that, in fact, Pius XII had prepared everything for a Council. Ultimately, however, he judged the bishops not to be sufficiently mature to carry out a Council.
I wonder if the archives will verify this statement? Time will tell!
* The post is dated to September, 2018. In truth, I withheld it from publication until after September, 2019.
Marco Corvaglia has released a two part commentary on the Final Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Medjugorje.
The text is available in Italian as well as English. I think it is well worth the read.
In the meantime, my own commentary will be slow in coming as there are a lot of things taking place here on my end. If idleness is the devil’s workshop, then I’m glad to have much to keep myself occupied.