I received a text message from a friend asking me about the famous vision of Pope St. Gregory the Great during the plague of Rome in 590 A.D. I have been busy doing some research so as to provide a sure answer. I’d like to present my findings in bullet-format.
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.
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.
A few months ago, I came across a talk from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on The Demonic Today. The talk struck me very much. A friend transcribed the talk for me and I would like to make it available for you here.