“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.
Recently, a friend sent me a message asking if I had seen a new post on the web site of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z.”). The recent post was about a difficulty that Fr. Z. has concerning the third part of the secret of Fátima, specifically the phrase, “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.’”
There has been a lot of talk, especially from 2015 onward, about whether or not Pope Francis’ election to the throne of St. Peter in 2013 was valid. Others wonder whether or not the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI was valid. Thus, do we have one pope, two, or none? There are actual discussions currently taking place over these very questions.
Hello Everyone! I hope that the first few weeks of the new year have gone by well for you!
On May 13, 2019, I gave a talk in Ishpeming, MI on Marian Consecration and Fatima. I have made the talk available on my YouTube channel.
There was a group of people at the parishes in Ishpeming who were preparing for consecration to Mary. I was contacted either in February or March by a member of this group and was asked to give a talk about Marian consecration in relation to Fatima. I had not given such a talk before, but thankfully, I had some thoughts in my head and was able to organize them along with other material.
You’ll find the result of my preparations in this talk.
I also made a PowerPoint presentation to go along with the talk. My remarks were written out in advance, though there were numerous times that I went “off script” with the audience.
For the present video, I took digital stills of the PowerPoint and arranged them accordingly to the audio file.