Saturday, February 26, 2011

The vocation of a soldier

“The great French preacher Lacordaire once said the vocation of a soldier is next in dignity to the priesthood, not only because it conditioned him to defend justice on the field of battle and order on the field of peace, but also because it called him to the spirit and intention of sacrifice.” – Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I’m already there!

 


I have reached an end and a beginning.

I am ready, Abba, to accomplish my mission.

Take me there and bring me back wholly.

Stay with my beloved ones and keep them safe and whole.

Allow me to feel again my wife’s sweet embrace

My children’s love

My grandchildren’s hugs and kisses

My doggies joyful barks;

But if you were to call me to your side,

Help me to accept your will joyfully

And always proclaim before you

That your most high, sovereign will be done 

in the heavens and on earth.

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genitrix.

Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris,

sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,

Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Innocence


FrAandVic

Fr. Ananias  Buccicone, OSB  converses with my grandson, Victor, about the merits of the latter’s toy car, after yesterday’s celebration of the Holy Mass, usus antiquor, that we attended. In turn, Fr. Ananias projects an impacting figure upon my grandson, who wonders why the good priest resembles a rabbi or if he is related at all to Santa Claus.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Support LifeSiteNews!

Brethren, y’all probably know about this already, but I wanted to have my say. This, according to LifeSiteNews:

It is with great concern that we have to inform our readers that LifeSiteNews (LSN) Canada has been hit with a lawsuit – by a Catholic priest of all things!

Regular readers of LSN will need no introduction to Fr. Raymond Gravel – he’s the Quebec priest and former Member of Canada’s Parliament who stated on a radio interview in 2004: “I am pro-choice and there is not a bishop on earth that will prevent me from receiving Communion, not even the Pope.”

Then, in 2008, he defended the awarding of Canada’s highest civilian award to the country’s ‘father of abortion’ – arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler! During his political career he was rated as ‘pro-abortion’ by the political arm of the pro-life movement. He has also repeatedly and publicly criticized his church’s teachings on homosexuality and abortion.

Even though LifeSiteNews reports have overwhelmingly reported on what Fr. Gravel himself has publicly said, he is suing us for libel. Among other things, he argues that he isn’t pro-abortion, but he has said in the past that he is “pro-choice.”

He’s demanding $500,000 in damages – which, coincidentally, is a full year’s budget for us. That would put LifeSiteNews out of business!

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The very fact that Fr. Gravel feels he has to sue LSN is proof-positive of just how much LSN is needed. Writing about LifeSiteNews.com in Le Devoir on April 20, 2009, Fr. Gravel said that when his bishop received a letter from the Vatican “which forced me to retire from political life,” attached to the letter “was a file almost exclusively in English made up of negative comments about me … which came from those ultra-conservative media.” He even complained about LifeSiteNews during a speech on the floor of the House of Commons!

And then, more recently, Fr. Gravel was removed from a position as a chief catechist for his diocese. In his motion Fr. Gravel suggests that the articles by LSN caused him to lose this responsibility.

Despite the fact that LSN has made it clear that we wish no harm to Fr. Gravel, and that, in fact, we are concerned for his wellbeing, he has launched a suit that could severely, even permanently disrupt our life- and culture-saving work.

Already our staff have had to dedicate several full days’ work just to responding to his charges – and that’s before the case has even really begun.  The first preliminary hearing is this Thursday in Joliette, Quebec.

While the amazing Thomas More Society of Chicago has offered to help us in this case, there is only so much they can do. The case will have to be fought in the Quebec courts, and the Thomas More Society is a U.S.-based organization.

Thus, we have been forced to hire professional Canadian legal help. And as anyone who knows the first thing about lawsuits knows, legal fees can mount…fast.

At this difficult time, we must once again turn to our ever-faithful supporters. The only way we can withstand this attack is with your help.

We are confident about the truthfulness and professionalism of our reporting on this matter and are determined to fight and win against this unjust lawsuit. Will you join us?

Will you also appeal to others that you know to help us at this time of extra special need?

Commentary. Fr. Gravel’s actions are obscene. And historically, he doesn’t take kindly to criticism either. So don’t even bother writing to the man.

The word “ersatz” again comes to mind, as in “I am tired of these ersatz priests and the do-nothing superiors who inflict him on the rest of us. Please, write Fr. Gravel’s bishop and respectfully ask him, en Français, s’il vous plaît , to wear his mitre squarely and grab his staff firmly, and bring the appropriate discipline to bear on this man who has so dishonored his priesthood and given scandal to the faithful: this is the bishop’s address:

Most Rev. Gilles Lussier (Gravel's bishop)
Bishop of Joliette
2, rue Saint-Charles-Borromée Nord
C.P. 470
Joliette, Québec J6E 6H6
Tel: (450) 753-7596
Fax: (450) 759-0929
E-mail:
chancel@diocesedejoliette.org

I leave you with this further commentary by Michael Voris. And remember, let us pray for all our priests, including Fr. Raymond Gravel, who are all the main target of diabolical attack. Some succumb, some recover and re-convert, and some heroically resist. We can’t afford to lose any.

Please, don’t forget to support LifeSiteNews any way you can.

Jesus Loves His Mother

(Repost, Retitled)

Brethren: please study the following picture:

Now, please, consider this: there are three stories behind this picture. The first one is the story that the actors and director who put this remarkable scene together wanted to convey in the highly acclaimed movie picture, The Passion of the Christ. The second is how I "stumbled" upon this scene and captured it, and the last one—and the most important one—is the story of the love that a real Son had for his real Mother.

The First Story

The scene is straightforward: in a "flashback" scene shortly after his arrest, Jesus (played by actor James Caviezel) reminisces on, shall we say, "better times" at his carpenter's shop. He's building what's recognizably a modern table.

Modern viewers do not see anything remarkable about this until Mary, Jesus' Mother (played by Romanian actress Maia Morgerstern) enters the scene and questions the design. Jesus replies that the table is destined for a wealthy customer. Mary remarks that the customer must like to eat "standing up." Jesus replies that he's about to make the chairs that go with the table and then demonstrates how the whole concept is supposed to work, by sitting down on an imaginary chair by the table. Mary attempts to do the same but then loses her balance, remarking wryly that the design "will never catch on."

The viewer then realizes that Jews of the time consumed their meals while reclining on the ground, that a modern table was completely atypical in that setting. The scene captured 2,000 years of separation in space and time between us and the Lord's own time, at the same time, thoroughly humanizing both Jesus and his Mother, Mary.

What followed was endearing. Mother Mary sternly told Jesus to come inside to eat, to take off his apron and to wash his hands, to which he dutifully assented. As Mother poured water on his hands, He rinsed his hands, cupped his hands, caught a bit of water, and then playfully splashed her. She recoiled, surprised and in obvious pleasure. Then He embraced her, pulled her to himself, and kissed her.

The scene ends with a return to the present: Jesus coming back to his current situation. Shortly thereafter, as He was being led to his fateful meeting with the Sanhedrin, He sees His Mother, their eyes made contact, and as He lingered on the sight of his Mother, He was roughly pushed away.

The Second Story

I gave myself for Christmas a DVD recorder-player for my computer. I figured that I was in need of massive external storage space. I then began experimenting with the movie-playing capabilities of the new DVD drive and I rediscovered that such DVD software would allow the user to take "still pictures" of whatever movie was playing, and I happened to be playing The Passion of the Christ. So, I continued on watching the movie until I got to this scene—one of my favorites in the entire movie. Funny, I didn't remember the kiss, so I played the scene over and over until I got the "right angle" and this picture is the result.

The Third Story

The third story is the historical one, the one that encloses a theological lesson of immediate importance to every Christian believer: that there was a Jesus of Nazareth who was the unique Song of God and the unique Son of Mary; whose followers considered Him the awaited Jewish Messiah and King and also God's supreme self-manifestation in history. There was also a Mary of Nazareth whose unconditional "yes" to God started this singular adventure of the spirit, and who had been present at every important scene of Salvation's drama: at its beginning, at its high point, at its closing, and at its new beginning.

This placement of Blessed Mary in the Gospel clearly underlines her eschatological significance, that her historical role as Mother of the Messiah—and the Jews believed then as they do now that the Messiah's Mother would participate somehow in the glory of her Son—did not end when the number of her days on earth came to an end. Just as Jesus' sonship to Mary continued after His resurrection and glorification, Mary's motherhood transcended history and continued after her Son resurrected and glorified her. Her motherhood extended itself to every Christian who clung to the saving deeds and the Love of the Son.

The biblical figure of Mary forms the basis of the Catholic devotion to Her, but as far as most Protestant Christians are concerned, it is a figure that has been lost, that should only be understood in merely natural terms. Many Catholics today—most of them in academia—are also inclined to see her in this way. This is wrong.

This picture taken from The Passion of the Christ, this artistic representation, demonstrates a profound theological and christological Truth. Jesus loved his Mother. Sure, why shouldn't He, she was his Mom! Surely Jesus was capable of natural, filial love. But, can the Son of God love His earthly Mother only with a merely natural, human love? Because He was not only fully Man, but also fully God hypostatically united in one Person, every human act of Jesus was also a divine act; as Jesus did, God did.

Therefore, the uniquely natural, filial love Jesus felt for his Mother was at the same time uniquely and infinitely supernatural. The miracle of the Son's love for his Mother is not that He loves Her as God would love any human being, but that He loves her as a Son would truly love his Mother! Is the same Love, but infinitely and inexhaustibly given, and felt; it's perfect human love transposed to an infinite, divine key.

The Son loves his Mother. There was no other person on earth that He loved with such filial love and yet, beyond the sense of the finitely human, lays the same filial Love. There was no one else on earth that he would embrace and kiss this way.

So, let me refocus what I've said above, when I stated that the biblical figure of Mary forms the basis of the Catholic devotion to Her, by stating that it is the Son's love for His Mother that forms the basis for the Catholic devotion to Her. All of us Christians are called to love her as the Son loves her, in the present tense. As we participate in the Son's Divine Life, into his Death and Resurrection, through Baptism in Water and the Spirit, we also become spiritual children of his Blessed Mother by the same grace of adoption that made us children of God. That's why we can call God "Father" and Mary "Mother."

Protestant Christians—mostly in the Reformed tradition— and a number of carnal Catholics who deny Mary's Motherhood ignore the clear sense of the Scriptures and the filial love with which early Christians regarded the Mother of Jesus, because of the supernatural love that He showed Her.

This picture is worth a thousand words. As He did, so must we. He loves Her, so must we. She is his Mother even now, and she is our Mother too. My challenge to you is: dare to love her.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Busy Day!

A day of writing my will, power of attorneys, final instructions and the like, prior to my impending mobilization. Joy...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

“Men of the West!”

"Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day! An hour of woe, and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"

Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Worthy is the Lamb!


Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power and riches,
wisdom and strength,
honor and glory and praise.

Revelation 4:12

Video: The Gates of Hell

Brethren: Good Teaching.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Frank Schaeffer: “We Need Freedom From Religion Not Just Freedom of Religion”

Brethren, Frank Schaeffer, former Eastern Orthodox and son of famed Evangelical theologian Francis Schaeffer, wrote another hateful piece at the HuffPo that I replied to as follows:

Frank SchaefferI can't believe how deep have you fallen, and how much is ventral hatred what drives you. I pity you.

Be that as it may be, I will not allow you, nor the likes of you tell me, how, where, and when I'm to bring my Christian faith to bear in the public arena. No way, no how, will I allow you nor the nanny state to dictate what I am to teach to my children.

I will oppose you with all good, legitimate ways at my disposal, starting with prayer, for your soul as well as mine. And may your father intercede for you in heaven, where he contemplat­es the Beatific Vision you have repudiated­.

Deverts casting aspersions are all the rage nowadays. Anne Rice did it and now is Mr. Schaeffer’s turn, a man I used to admire and respect. Now they both serve the spirit of Antichrist.

Now more than ever, we must pray, for them, for us, and for the world.

Haiku to Spring


The wind a'blowing
The warmth of spring a'bringing
Lent and Easter Tide

Saturday, February 12, 2011

“You Shall Not Pass”

Brethren, this is my favorite scene in The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf stopping the Balrog at the bridge:

You Shall Not Pass!

It is, I think, a metaphor for the Christian life and our struggle with evil, and confronting one’s fears and weaknesses as we do so.

Gandalf fell with the ancient demon into The Shadow and wrestled him for three days and nights…and then he died. And came back to life.

Bravo for J.R. Tolkien! No wonder he was a Catholic writer.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Food for thought

Do to no one what you yourself dislike. Give to the hungry some of your bread, and to the naked some of your clothing. Seek counsel from every wise man. At all times bless the Lord God, and ask him to make all your paths straight and to grant success to all your endeavors and plans. - Tobit 4:15a. 16a. 18a. 19

Monday, February 07, 2011

Angels Watching Over Me...

Brethren, today the song "Angels" sung by Amy Grant, spoke specially to me. I wanted to share the lyrics with you:
"Take this man to prison," the man heard Herod say,
And then four squads of soldiers came and carried him away.
Chained up between two watchmen, Peter tried to sleep,
But beyond the walls an endless prayer was lifting for his keep.
Then a light cut through the darkness of a lonely prison cell,
And the chains that bound the man of God just opened up and fell,
And running to his people before the break of day,
There was only one thing on his mind, only one thing to say:

Angels watching over me, every move I make,
Angels watching over me!
Angels watching over me, every step I take,
Angels watching over me!

God only knows the times my life was threatened just today.
A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way.
Near misses all around me, accidents unknown,
Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home.
But I know they're all around me all day and through the night.
When the enemy is closing in, I know sometimes they fight
To keep my feet from falling, I'll never turn away.
If you're asking what's protecting me then you're gonna hear me say:

Got His angels watching over me, every move I make,
Angles watching over me!
Angels watching over me, every step I take,
Angels watching over me....

Angels watching over me....
Angels watching over me.

Got His angels watching over me, every move I make,
Angels watching over me!
Angels watching over me, every step I take,
Angels watching over me!

Angels watching over me,
Angels watching over me,
Angels watching over me,
Angels watching over me!

Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home....

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Outward Apostolate

Father Nicolas Schwizer

We can distinguish some different means.

1. The apostolate of the word. The word gives a name to what a mode of living suggests. It openly proposes the meaning one gives life and which became transparent by giving testimony. It is a word which in order to be truly apostolic, must be respectful, understandable, and having foundation.

In the long run, the most beautiful testimony will be revealed as powerless, if it is not made clear, justifiable, and explicit. Paul VI teaches us this in one of his encyclicals. And we are Christians because one day we received that clear word. And in gratitude, we also should direct that word – in a given moment – to brothers and sisters who are searching, consciously or unconsciously, for the meaning of their lives.

2. The apostolate of action. Over all, there are three areas offered to us for this: our community, the Church, and the world.

2.1 The building up of our community is a priority for us. The best service we can lend to our Church will consist in forging a numerous, missionary, and vigorous community. This requires dedication and constant surrender. Personally, I am convinced that some of us do many things, and among them, we also participate in our community. Some, perhaps, do what is urgent and then do not have time left for doing what is important. Others are not able to say “no to the apostolate.” Perhaps we all lack a clear list of values. Would this not be the opportunity for each one or each married couple to make a list of their personal priorities?

2.2 Another apostolic area is the Church. We want to be heart of the Church. I believe that sooner or later we are also going to have to develop an apostolic strategy. Our apostolate can not only be the fruitfulness of likes or personal vocations, but has to also respond to the greater and broader needs.

We have to also be disposed for it if it is necessary. Let us think, for example, in the possibility of assuming someday the responsibility for an institute on family pastoral needs, etc.

2.3 The other area is the world, a more specific area for the laity. We are called to transform the world, to transform our county. God, through us, wants to create a new social order. We have the responsibility of working and striving so that our earth can be a piece of Heaven.

The world of politics, social concerns, economy, and the culture of the arts and other realities open to the apostolate await us.

3. An ultimate means, besides the word and action, is the apostolate of prayer and suffering. It is an apostolate which everyone can perform.

Sometimes it is the only effective and fruitful apostolate. Regardless, it should always accompany our external apostolic activity. But I have the impression that it requires more of us than the action does. We are still far from being masters of prayer and sacrifice.

4. Another step. On the level of family, we should seek – perhaps – community forms of apostolate in which all of the members can help. Thus the family becomes a school of apostles and a small Cenacle from which each one is sent to assume his/her personal apostolic commitments in the Church and world. Our home plays a decisive role in this: as a place where one is rooted and supported, as a place of formation and transformation, as a place of apostolic sending forth.

Questions for reflection

1. At the present, what apostolate am I carrying out?

2. What type of apostolate would I like to perform?

3. In which way can I change my environment?

Saturday, February 05, 2011

O Lord, my God…

…it’s been a hard week on all fronts. I feel very tired today and on top of it, I’m ill.

I feel my weaknesses like never before and have come to know my pride.

Come and heal me.

Conform me to the image of your Son, Jesus.

Exchange my heart for His

And make me holy,

that I may sing your praises for ever,

World without end.

Amen.

Friday, February 04, 2011

My new favorite word: "ersatz"

As in "ersatz" theology

Folks, this according to the Deutsche Welle's English Web Edition:
Around a third of all Catholic theology professors at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, on Friday called for reforms to the Catholic Church, according to a report in the German daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung".

"It looks like we struck a nerve," said Judith Könemann a professor from Münster and one of 144 signatories of the declaration.

The professors said that they no longer wanted to stay quiet in the face of child sex abuse scandals that came to light last year and plunged the Catholic Church into an unprecedented crisis.

The theologians want to start an open dialogue about the future of the Catholic Church.

"We have the responsibility, to contribute to a new start," the undersigned text said

They called for an end to compulsory celibacy, and for women to be allowed into the priesthood. The theologians also called for the Catholic laity to have more say in the selection of bishops.

There hasn't been a comparable revolt by theologians since 1989 when more than 220 academics signed the "Cologne Declaration", which protested against the authoritarian leadership style of the late Pope, John Paul II.
Commentary. Now ersatz its a German word meaning "an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation" as in "ersatz coffee". For some reasong this adjective makes the following noun sound abjectly worse.

Anyway, my point is that now we seem to have "ersatz theology," an inferior kind of theology meant to substitute the Gospel we have received, proposed by "ersatz theologians", inferior theologians - despite their degrees, titles, and tenures - looking to substitute the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.

That's why by the end of the day they should be ignored, and their theological "coffee" poured down the drain.

"Ersatz." Add it to your vocabulary now!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Priests

Author: Venerable Pope John Paul II

O Mary, 
Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, 
accept this title which we bestow on you 
to celebrate your motherhood 
and to contemplate with you the priesthood 
of, your Son and of your sons, 
O holy Mother of God.

O Mother of Christ, 
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh 
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit 
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart; 
guard priests in your heart and in the Church, 
O Mother of the Savior. 

O Mother of Faith, 
you accompanied to the Temple
 the Son of Man, 
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers; 
give to the Father for his glory 
the priests of your Son, 
O Ark of the Covenant. 

O Mother of the Church, 
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room 
you prayed to the Spirit 
for the new people and their shepherds; 
obtain for the Order of Presbyters 
a full measure of gifts, 
O Queen of the Apostles. 

O Mother of Jesus Christ, 
you were with him at the beginning 
of his life and mission, 
you sought the Master among the crowd, 
you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice, 
and you had John, your son, near at hand; 
accept from the beginning those who have been called, 
protect their growth, 
in their life ministry accompany your sons, 
O Mother of Priests. 
Amen.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Statement of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: setting the record straight

Source: Lifesitenews.

It is with great sadness, but also with a certain measure of relief, that I can now respond to the many inquiries about my departure as president of Human Life International (HLI) at the end of August 2010. It has been painful for me to remain silent in light of the ongoing speculation, particularly when much of it assigned blame to those who were, in fact, blameless. I am thankful to be able to set the record straight so that speculation can stop and blame can be placed right where it belongs - with me.

The circumstances that led to my departure from HLI were related exclusively to my own decisions and conduct within the ministry of exorcism that I carried out independently from my responsibilities at HLI. The vast majority of my decisions and conduct, both personally and in this ministry, were morally sound and consistent with all standards of pastoral care of persons. Moreover, they were all motivated exclusively by my desire to give priestly assistance to people in great spiritual distress. I must acknowledge, however, that one particularly complex situation clouded my judgment and led me to imprudent decisions with harmful consequences, the worst of which was violating the boundaries of chastity with an adult female who was under my spiritual care.

I take full responsibility for my own poor judgment, my weakness and my sinful conduct that resulted from it. I offer no excuse for my professional or moral failures, nor do I shift the blame to anyone else. I state without reserve that I am deeply sorry for my actions. I have personally apologized, where possible, to anyone I have harmed. I am saddened beyond words for my fall, not only because of the harm done to my priesthood and my family, but also because of the harm done to all others who are affected, to the faith of those who placed so much trust in me and our Church, and to the pro-life movement so populated with heroic, faithful people. I must face and make amends for the disappointment I have caused. I have, of course, asked for God’s forgiveness and I have confidence in his boundless mercy. I am now grateful to be able to publicly ask for all of yours as well.

As to my departure from HLI, Church officials are completely without blame, having dealt in a timely and appropriate manner with a crisis that was not of their making. I offer this statement as a matter of justice to vindicate Church officials who have been unjustly criticized by those writing and speaking in ignorance of the facts.

While I would much prefer to allow this public act of contrition to stand alone, I regret having to address the malicious falsehoods that were published this past week on various internet sites. I can only say that I am shocked to the depths of my being at the malicious efforts by supposedly faithful Catholics to destroy a priest who has served the Church faithfully for 22 years. The campaigners have made intolerable attempts to contact my family, to defame innocent co-workers and even to solicit and to persuade others with whom I have prayed that they are victims despite their unequivocal statements to the contrary. Some have even claimed falsely and maliciously that there is a possessed person living in my family’s home. No one should have to endure such malevolence or such treatment of innocent family members. Despite the rhetoric of justice and truth-seeking, the sinful campaign has not made one single positive contribution to the resolution of this difficult situation that has already been handled appropriately by Church authorities for nearly six months.

While I would otherwise willingly suffer calumnies in silence to atone for my sins, and knowing how pointless it is to respond to every crackpot with a website, I cannot remain silent when such falsehoods threaten to damage the Church, the priesthood, and other innocent persons and organizations that are or have been linked to me. I therefore affirm and will never deviate from my affirmation that the following are true:
•My violations of chastity were limited to one person only, an adult woman;

•The violations of chastity happened due to human weakness but did not involve the sexual act;

•The accusation that I “targeted” vulnerable women or otherwise sought them out for spiritual direction is utterly false and a serious defamation of my character and ministry;

•With rare exceptions, my exorcism/prayer ministry was always conducted with prayer helpers (third parties) present; situations where prayer or pastoral care occurred without helpers present were exceptional situations where I believed it was necessary for me to act quickly in order to help the afflicted person; while not proper protocol, these departures from the norm were never done with a motive to be alone with vulnerable women;

•I repudiate any allegations of financial impropriety in conducting my prayer/exorcism ministry; I never, under any circumstances, solicited money for the ministry other than travel-related reimbursements, nor did I use HLI donor funds to carry out this work; any gifts offered to me were unsolicited and only accepted so as not to offend the giver and in most cases immediately given to those more needy than myself;

•I have no knowledge of any persons who received any financial settlement in this matter, nor have I asked for that to be given.
I pray that my two decades of faithful priestly ministry and my efforts in the defense of life will be seen in the light of the good fruits they have produced and not denigrated because of my moments of weakness in a most challenging ministry. I also wish to state that I have never entertained even the slightest thought of leaving the holy priesthood or the Roman Catholic Church as a result of my failings. Currently I am under obedience to my bishop who has allowed me to make this statement and in whose hands I leave all questions of continuing priestly ministry. I conclude with an expression of deepest gratitude for the prayers of the many generous supporters of my priesthood and of the prolife movement.

Commentary. That’s that, nothing to add let the statement stand. I renew my call for prayers for a good, faithful priest who in a moment of weakness plumbed the fallen human nature all of us share. The Lord has said that his grace is strong in weakness: may Fr. Euteneuer experience the full healing mercy, forgiveness, healing, and grace surpassing the depths of his fall.