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  • The League of Saint Peter Damian in formation

    By Randy Engel
    February 18, 2019

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    February 16, 2019 
    From: Randy Engel


    February 23 is the feast day on the Old Calendar of Saint Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church and the author of the Book of Gomorrah (Letter 31).

    This mailing anticipates this great feast day with the announcement of the formation of the Catholic League of Saint Peter Damian. It also anticipates the February 21-24th Vatican meeting on clerical sexual abuse, making this mailing exceptionally timely.

    Because time is of the essence, the League of Saint Peter Damian is being initially organized as a special project of the U.S. Coalition for Life. If all goes well, next year, we hope to establish the League as an independent Catholic apostolate dedicated to increasing devotion to this great but little-known medieval saint and to making his writings, especially his treatise, Book of Gomorrah, better known to Catholics around the world.

    Written in 1049 AD, the Book of Gomorrah work contains the most extensive treatment and condemnation ever written by any Church Father on clerical pederasty and homosexual practices.

    In addition, the League seeks to ignite a universal campaign of spiritual warfare against the Forces of Organized Perversion which threaten our Faith, Family and Country – evils which can only be extinguished by prayer and fasting in the traditional Catholic manner.

    Membership in the League, which by nature is now informal, is open to all Catholics – lay, clerical, and religious, over the age of 18. (see the Provisional Membership form below).

    Hierarchial support for the League is especially welcome.

    There is no monetary fee associated with membership at this time as the League of Saint Peter Damian, at least in these early stages of formation, is a computer-based ministry.

    There is, however, a spiritual price tag associated with this early membership in the form of traditional Catholic devotions including the Rosary, the Fatima prayers, and the use

    of Sacramentals, most especially the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in accordance with one's circumstances and state of life.

    Almost 1000 years ago, Saint Peter Damian with the support of Pope St. Leo IX waged a successful war against clerical sodomy and pederasty. Today, his Book of Gomorrah provides a blueprint for action by the Catholic Church against these same evils. This is only one of many reasons Saint Peter Damian is the ideal patron and model for our League.

    As a [Provisional] member of the League you will receive monthly emails containing information and readings on the life, spirituality and writings of Saint Peter Damian. These will begin on March 23, 2019 and continue throughout the year. We hope you will share these email communications with your pastor, your bishop, relatives and friends.

    To join the League of Saint Peter Damian please fill out the information provisional form below and return the application BY POST/MAIL to: League of Saint Peter Damian, c/o USCL, Box 315, Export, PA 1563 USA. This will enable us to verify the mailing address on your application. My special appreciation to Canadian artist Peter Graziano who designed our logo.

    God Bless You,

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    League of St. Peter Damian: 
    Study Guide 1
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    Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ,
    Welcome to the League of Saint Peter Damian. Two-thousand nineteen anno Domini is the year of the League’s formation. Catholics who register with the League during 2019 are considered founding members. [To apply for membership in the League (at no financial cost) please CLICK HERE.]
    The purpose of this transitional period is to determine the structure, and traditional practices, policies and programs of the League prior to its incorporation and the  establishment of a formal website.
    As you already know, the League’s primary purpose is to foster greater devotion to Saint  Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church, and to promote his writings,  most especially his work, the Book of Gomorrah– a blueprint for the moral and spiritual reform of  the Catholic priesthood and religious life.  The League is also dedicated to strengthening of the daily spiritual life of its clerical and lay members under the inspiration and guidance of Saint Peter Damian.
    – Randy Engel
    STUDY GUIDE #1
    “Let Your Life Always Serve as a Witness”
    A Biographical Sketch of Saint Peter Damian
    [Note: The following is a brief account of the life and times of Saint Peter Damian, a theological giant and moral reformer of the Middle Ages. Over the next 12 months we will be exploring his life and works in much greater depth and intimacy, but for those who are just making Peter Damian’s acquaintance, this summary can serve as a valuable introduction.]
    It appears that whenever Holy Mother Church has had a great need for a special kind of saint for a particular age, God, in His infinite mercy, has never failed to fill that need. And so, in the year 1007 AD, a boy child was born to a noble but poor family in the ancient Roman city of Ravenna, who would become a Doctor of the Church, a precursor of the Hildebrand reform, and a key figure in the moral and spiritual reformation of the lax and incontinent clergy of his time.
    Tradition tells us that Peter Damian’s entrance into this world was initially an unwelcome event that overtaxed and somewhat embittered his already large family. He was orphaned at a young age. His biographer, John of Lodi, tells us that were it not for the solicitude of his older brother Damian, an archpriest at Ravenna, the youth might have lived out his life in obscurity as a swineherd, but God deemed otherwise.
    Peter’s innate intellectual talents and remarkable piety in the light of great adversity were recognized by the archpriest, who plucked his younger brother from the fields and provided him with an excellent education, first at Ravenna, then Faenza and finally at the University of Parma. In return, Peter acknowledged his brother’s loving care by adopting Damian as his surname.
    Although he excelled in his studies and quickly rose in academic ranks, Peter felt drawn to the religious rather than university life. His spirituality would be formed by his love for the Rule of St. Benedict and his attraction to the rigorous penance and individualistic practices of St. Romuald.
    In his late twenties he was welcomed into the Benedictine hermitage of the Reform of St. Romuald at Fonte-Avellana where he eventually became prior, a position he retained until his death on February 21, 1072. He also served as Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, an honor bestowed upon him by Pope Stephen IX in 1057. The life of the well-traveled holy monk was distinguished by his great learning and a marvelous knowledge of Holy Scripture and by great penitential acts, which served both as a rebuke and as an inspiration to his fellow monks and the secular clergy at a time when moral turpitude was endemic in clerical ranks.
    Owen J. Blum, O.F.M., Saint Peter Damian’s chief translator and biographer in modern times, in one of his many works on the hermit-monk, notes that for the great saint, the spiritual life was first and foremost a life of prayer, penance and reparation. Peter Damian also promoted and practiced a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
    The two hallmarks of the holy monk’s teachings on the spiritual life were his great hatred of sin and his fundamental and overriding interest in the spiritual advancement of the Catholic priesthood.
    As Blum states, “Peter Damian thought of the priesthood as an order of the greatest dignity. Indeed, it was the exalted nobility of this office that caused him to speak in such dire terms to priests who forgot their position and tarnished their souls with incontinence.”
    Peter Damian showed remarkable insight into the importance of model episcopal leadership, stating that “the example of a virtuous life” filters down from “the princes of the Church to all levels of the clergy and laity.”  The holy monk was equally insistent on the deposition of unworthy incumbents to the priesthood, the duty of which fell to the local bishop.
    Much of the success of his program of clerical moral reform was due to the fact Peter Damian was able to closely link his own efforts with that of the Papacy. Indeed, his wise council and diplomatic skills were employed by a long succession of Popes.
    Peter Damian died in the odor of sanctity on February 22, 1072, in his sixty-sixth year at Faenza while returning to Rome from a papal mission to Ravenna. Although he was never formally canonized, he was revered as a saint immediately after his death and his cultus has existed at Faenza, at Fonte-Avellana, at Monte Cassino, and at Cluny to the present day.
    Over the centuries his body has been moved six times, each time to a more splendid setting. In 1898, Peter Damian’s body found its final resting place in a beautiful side chapel dedicated to the saint in the Cathedral of Faenza, seat of the Bishop of Faenza-Modigliana.
    [For additional details on Saint Peter Damian’s life see New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, “St. Peter Damian,” by Leslie A. ST. L. Toke (transcribed by Joseph C. Meyer) pp. 1-2, at .] 

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    Background on The Book of Gomorrah and the Vice of Sodomy
    [Note: Today, there is great confusion among many Catholics, both lay and clerics, concerning the nature of the vice of sodomy. Saint Peter Damian’s treatise, the Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus) written in 1049 AD, contains the most extensive treatment and condemnation by any Church Father of clerical pederasty and homosexual practices. Every issue of this Study Guide will contain an excerpt from the Book of Gomorrah and a brief commentary on its relevance to the current state of moral chaos in the Church. The League is currently seeking permission from the Catholic University of America to reprint the entire text of the late Father Blum’s translation in pamphlet form to enable members to give the widest distribution possible to the treatise. – R.E.]
    Church’s Perennial Teaching on Sodomy
    As the Church’s eternal mission is the salvation of souls, so her condemnation of all sin including homosexual thoughts, words, and deeds, deliberately entertained, are joined to that of God’s infinite mercy and the need for repentance and reform of one’s life. To deliberately indulge in sodomy, in all its forms, is to places one’s soul in danger of eternal damnation and renders the sinner incapable of any virtue on a supernatural level.
    Therefore, direct refutation combined with fraternal correction in the matter is an act of mercy not only for the individual caught in the vice, but as a preservative to keep others from falling into the same pit.
    From Saint Peter to Saint Felix I, the early popes together with the early Church Fathers drew up Church general decrees, and later canons and pastoral and penitential codes and instituted a series of synods and councils by which their decrees in matters of faith and morals (including the immorality of all homosexual acts), were made known to the universal Church.
    Pope Gregory I at the beginning of the Middle Ages used the Old Testament text from Genesis19: 1-25 to describe the terrible fate of Sodom and Gomorrah:
    Brimstone calls to mind the foul orders of the flesh, as Sacred Scripture itself confirms when it speaks of the rain of fire and brimstone poured by the Lord upon Sodom. He had decided to punish in it the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment emphasized the shame of that crime, since brimstone exhales stench and fire burns. It was, therefore, just, that the sodomites, burning with perverse desires that originated from the foul odor of the flesh, should perish at the same time by fire and brimstone, so that through this just chastisement they must realize the evil perpetrated under the impulse of a perverse desire.
    Sodomy  –  A Vice and Crime
    Throughout the Middle Ages, including the reign of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (768-814) and Holy Roman Emperor (800-814) and well beyond, the moral and legal status of sodomy remained essentially the same.
    The Church viewed sodomy as a special evil and always a mortal sin when voluntarily entered into. This teaching has never charged.
    At the same time, the State then considered sodomy a crime. This has changed today.
    However, in the Middle Ages, the death penalty was normally reserved for sodomitical acts involving the seduction of the young, acts of violence including homosexual rape, murder or blasphemy. In such cases involving clerics and monks, the offenders were first defrocked, punished by the Church and then turned over to the Crown for final sentencing.
    In keeping with traditional Church teachings handed down from the time of the Apostles, Saint Peter Damian held that all homosexual acts are crimes against Nature and therefore crimes against God who is the Author of Nature.
    It is always refreshing to find an ecclesiastic whose first and primary concern in the matter of clerical sexual immorality is for God’s interests, not man’s, especially with regard to homosexuality in clerical ranks. Peter Damian’s special condemnation of pederastic crimes by clergy against young boys and men (including those preparing for Holy Orders), tends to undermine the excuse of many American bishops and cardinals today who claim that the early Church lacked specific knowledge and psychological insights by which to assess the seriousness of clerical homosexuality and pederasty.
    As Peter Damian’s treatise clearly demonstrates, the degradation of human nature as exemplified by sodomitical acts is a universal phenomenon that transcends time, place and culture.
    According to Damian, the vice of sodomy “surpassed the enormity of all others”:
    Without fail it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust. It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind…
    It opens up hell and closes the gates of paradise … It is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity … It defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things … This vice excludes a man from the assembled choir of the Church … it separates the soul from God to associate it with demons. This utterly diseased queen of Sodom renders him who obeys the laws of her tyranny infamous to men and odious to God…
    She strips her knights of the armor of virtue, exposing them to be pierced by the spears of every vice … She humiliates her slave in the church and condemns him in court; she defiles him in secret and dishonors him in public; she gnaws at his conscience like a worm and consumes his flesh like fire …this unfortunate man (he) is deprived of all moral sense, his memory fails, and the mind’s vision is darkened.
    Unmindful of God, he also forgets his own identity. This disease erodes the foundation of faith, saps the vitality of hope, dissolves the bond of love. It makes away with justice, demolishes fortitude, removes temperance, and blunts the edge of prudence. Shall I say more?
    A dominant theme found in Peter Damian’s work is the holy monk’s insistence on the responsibility of the bishop or superior of a religious order to curb and eradicate the vice of sodomy from their ranks. He minced no words in his condemnation of those prelates who refused or failed to take a strong hand in dealing with clerical sodomitical practices either because of moral indifferentism or the inability to face up to a distasteful and potentially scandalous situation.
    Peter Damian did not spare those ecclesiastics who knowingly permitted sodomites to enter Holy Orders or remain in clerical ranks while continuing to pollute their office. The holy monk lashed out at “do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests,” and reminded them that they should be trembling for themselves because they have become “partners in the guilt of others,” by permitting “the destructive plague” of sodomy to continue in their ranks.
    But he saved the bitterest blast of all for those bishops who “commit these absolutely damnable acts with their spiritual sons.”  “Who can expect the flock to prosper when its shepherd has sunk so deep into the bowels of the devil. …Who will make a mistress of a cleric, or a woman of a man? Who, by his lust, will consign a son whom he had spiritually begotten for God to slavery under the iron law of Satanic tyranny?” Peter Damian thunders.   
    Repent and Reform Your Lives
    Like every saint before him and every saint who will ever come after him, Peter Damian exhorted the cleric caught in the vice of sodomy to repent and reform his life and in the words of the Blessed Apostle Paul, “Wake up from your sleep and rise from the dead, and Christ will revive (enlighten) you.” (Eph5:14) In a remarkable affirmation of the Gospel message, he warned against the ultimate sin of despairing of God’s mercy and the necessity of fasting and prayer to subdue the passions:
    … beware of drowning in the depths of despondency. Your heart should beat with confidence in God’s love and not grow hard and impenitent, in the face of your great crime. It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.
    Then, in one of the most beautiful elocutions on the grandeur of priestly celibacy and chastity ever written, Damian reminded the wayward cleric or monk of the special place reserved in heaven for those faithful priests and monks who have willingly forsaken all and made themselves eunuchs for Christ’s sake. “Their names shall be remembered forever because they have given up all for the love of God.”
    [The above quotes are taken from Father Owen J. Blum, OFM, Peter Damian, Letters 31-60, part of the Fathers of the Church – Medieval Continuation Series (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1990.)]
    Saint Peter Damian On The Spiritual Life
    “It is truly great to die for Christ, but not less noble to live for Him”
    Saint Peter Damian’s exquisite devotion to the Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, is reflected in the following except taken from a one of his many writings on the great dignity of Our Lady:
    Among men he is considered  noble who bears title to the excellence of his parents; but Mary, although she was of born of noble family, received the distinction of the greatest nobility from Him who was begot of her by a new kind of birth, and by her eminent offspring exceeds all human nobility. She was distinguished  by the titles of ancestry, but was incomparably more illustrious by the nobility of her child. She was indeed the daughter of kings, but the mother of the King of Kings …. But whatever is said of you by mortal man does not equal the merits of your dignity. For human frailty cannot worthily aspire to proclaim her whom an exceeding grace has raised above the angels. We beseech you, most loving Mother of goodness and mercy, that we who rejoice in singing your praises here on earth, may merit to have the aid of your intercession in heaven; that, as through you the Son of God deigned to come down to us, so may we be able through you to come to union with Him. (PL 144, 761 A).
    Special Considerations for the Month of April
    Prayers, Fasting and Almsdeeds
    “But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 17:20]
    The issues of prayerfasting and almsgiving – the triple remedy appointed by God to aid man in the attainment of salvation –  are especially important to the future formation of the League of Saint Peter Damian.
    A priest friend and associate of the League recently suggested that, once formally established, the League publish a handbook of prayers and spiritual meditations written by Saint Peter Damian –  which is a task the League will certainly pursue.
    In that same conversation, he also happened to mention that many Catholics have deformed or uninformed consciences when it comes to abstinence and fasting in the traditional sense. Hence, this short reminder to all members of the League.
    The Catechism of the Council of Trent tells us that fasting is most intimately connected with prayer:
    For the mind of one who is filled with food and drink, is so borne down as not to be able to raise itself to the contemplation of God, or even understand what prayer means.
    In the Summa Theologiae, (Question 147. Fasting) Saint Thomas tells us the three-fold purpose of fasting:
    First, in order to bridle the lusts of the flesh, wherefore the Apostlesays (2 Corinthians 6:5-6): “In fasting, inchastity,” since fastingis the guardian of chastity…”
    Secondly, we have recourse to fasting in order that the mind may arise more freely to the contemplation of heavenly things: hence it is related (Daniel 10) of Daniel that he received a revelation from God after fasting for three weeks.
    Thirdly, in order to satisfy for sins: wherefore it is written (Joel 2:12): “Be converted to Me with all your heart, in fastingand in weeping and in mourning.” … “Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contriteand humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, kindles the truelight of chastity.”
    Saint Thomas continues :
    Now it has been stated above … that fasting is useful as atoning for and preventing sin, and as raising the mind to spiritual things. And everyone is bound by the naturaldictate of reason to practice fastingas far as it is necessaryfor these purposes. Wherefore fasting in general is a matter of precept of the natural law, while the fixing of the time and manner of fasting as becoming and profitable to the Christian people, is a matter of precept of positive law established by ecclesiastical authority: the latter is the Church fast, the former is the fast prescribed by nature.
    On the matter of almsgiving, the Catechism of Trent reminds us that, like fasting, it also has an intimate connection with prayer:
    For what claim has he to the virtue of charity, who possessing the means of affording relief to those who depend on the assistance of others, refuses help to his neighbor and brother? How can he, whose heart is devoid of charity, demand assistance from God unless, while imploring the pardon of his sins, he at the same time humbly beg of God to grant him the virtue of charity?
    In summarizing the links between prayer, fasting and alms deeds, the Catechism notes:
    … The wrath of god we appease by pious prayer; our offences against man we redeem by  almsdeeds; the stains of our own lives we wash away by fasting.
    In writing the Book of Gomorrah Saint Peter Damian confronted the dual sins of sodomy and pederasty in clerical and lay ranks.  It is any wonder, that during the Middle Ages, sodomy was called “the devil’s congress?”
    Jesus tells us that there are certain devils that can only be cast out by prayer and fasting. If we take Saint Peter Damian’s words to heart, there is ample proof to support the belief that sodomy, especially when it involves the destruction of innocence of a young boy, is one of those devils about whom Jesus talks.
    Over the next nine months, all members of the League of Saint Peter Damian in Formation, most especially members of the clergy are asked to make suggestions on how the three-fold tasks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving can be incorporated into the League’s work. These comments can be sent by e-mail or by letter. Thank you.
    Action Line for April 2019
    Each month, the League will ask its members to carry out a specific request related to the future disposition of the League.
    This month we are asking our members to send or give a copy of this mailing to your local pastor, and where applicable, to send it to a friendly bishop anywhere in the world asking him to read and comment on the mailing, and asking his support for the League.
    Before its formal incorporation the League will need at least one bishop’s approbation. I’ve already contacted the Ordinary of Faenza-Modigliana, Bishop Mario Toso, S.D.B. asking for his blessings and support. In dealing with certain aspects of  the League’s formation, for example, indulgences or the imprimatur for prayer books, etc. it will be helpful to have the support of at least one member of the Catholic hierarchy.
    Prayer Intensions for April
    Your prayers are requested for faithful Catholic priests and religious the world over.
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    O Jesus, eternal Priest,

    keep Your priests within the shelter of

    Your Sacred Heart,

    where none may touch them.

    Keep unstained their anointed hands,

    which daily touch Your Sacred Body.

    Keep unsullied their lips,

    daily purpled with Your Precious Blood.

    Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,

    sealed with the sublime mark

    of the priesthood.

    Let Your holy love surround them and

    shield them from the world’s contagion.

    Bless their labours with abundant fruit

    and may the souls to whom they

    minister be their joy and

    consolation here and in

    Heaven their beautiful and

    everlasting crown.  Amen.

    Mary Help of Christians, Mother of Priests – Pray for Us

    St. Thérèse of Lisieux


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    May 23, 2019 
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
    Welcome, once again, to the League of Saint Peter Damian.
    Two-thousand nineteen anno Domini is the year of the League’s formation. 
    Catholics who register with the League during 2019 are considered founding members. 
    This month’s Study Guide #3 expounds on several key issues addressed, directly and indirectly, by Saint Peter Damian in his Book of Gomorrah regarding homosexual candidates for Holy Orders, homosexual priests and monks, and so-called “Homosexual, Pederast, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Leather ‘Ministries’” (all perversions), which have become Trojan horses in the Vatican and in Catholic Churches around the world especially in the United States           the United Kingdom, and Western Europe.
     
    Randy Engel
     
     
     
    STUDY GUIDE #3
    “It is truly great to die for Christ, but not less noble to live for Him”
     
    Peter Damian on Homosexual Priests and Gay Ministries
     
     
    Moral Chaos in the Church 
    The official and  sorry state of affairs at the Vatican regarding the vice of sodomy is reflected in the following quotes written in the language of gayspeak:
    If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in such a beautiful way, it says, Wait a bit, as is said, and says: these persons must not be marginalized because of this; they must be integrated in society.
    Pope Francis at Air flight Press Conference in July 28, 2013
     
    We are all human beings and have dignity. It does not matter who you are or how you live your life, you do not lose your dignity.
    There are people that prefer to select or discard people because of the adjective [gay] – these people don’t have a human heart.
    Pope Francis to Sodomite Stephen Amos on BBC Two in 2019https://www.out.com/news/2019/4/19/pope-said-those-who-discard-gay-people-dont-have-human-heart
    The history of homosexuals in our society is a very bad history because we have done a lot to marginalize them. It is not so long ago and so as church and as society we have to say sorry.
             Cardinal Reinhardt Marx at Trinity College, Dublin on June 23, 2019 
     
    …In too many parts of our church LGBT people have been made to feel unwelcome, excluded, and even shamed. Father [James] Martin’s brave, and inspiring new book [Building a Bridge] marks an essential step in inviting church leaders to minister with more compassion, and reminding LGBT Catholics that they are as much a part of our church as any other Catholic.
    That is, it’s very unfortunate language [calling homosexual acts “intrinsically disordered” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church]. Let’s hope that eventually that language is a little less hurtful
     Cardinal Joseph Tobin, NBC Interview of April 17, 2019 
     
    … neither heterosexual orientation nor homosexual orientation as such can be considered as the cause of sexual abuse, nor is there any inner connection between pedophilia and homosexuality. Therefore, it is also absurd for the bishop to exclude homosexual men from the priestly ordination: I wonder, is that not exactly the attitude which continued and even strengthened problematic repressions inside the Church.
    Homosexuality needed to be “depathologized” in the Catholic Church, for all people are capable of extremely respectful and loving interpersonal relationships.
    Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck, Herder Correspondence
    No relationship, no intimate relationship, no sex with other people, not even yourself. Blood crawls where it cannot flow… the Church’s forbidding stance is at the root of sexual abuse of minors.
    I [Valkering] am on a mission after Pope Francis told me to reach out to homosexuals. 
    Dutch sodomite Father Pierre Valkering in April 5, 2019 interview with NewsCatholic 
     
    Against the Integration of Vice into Parish Life
    In the Book of Gomorrah, written in 1059 for Pope Leo IX, Saint Peter Damian addresses the issues raised in the above quotes including the use of “hurtful” language in describing sodomy and sodomitesthe necessity of “integration of unrepented lay and clerical sodomites and lesbians into the life of the Church and the introduction of homosexual “ministries” into Catholic parishes. Unless indicated, the following quotes are taken from Owen J. Blum’s translation of the Book of Gomorrah by Saint Peter Damian.
    On the Necessity of Strong Language Against Sodomy 
    (7) … In our region a certain abominable and most shameful vice has developed, and unless it be prevented as soon as possible by the severest punishment, it is certain that the sword of divine fury will be unsheathed, leading in its unchecked violence to the destruction of many. One is nauseated with shame and embarrassment to speak of things so disgracefully foul, or even to mention them within earshot of Your Holiness (bold added). But if a physician is appalled by the contagion of the plague, who is likely to wield the cautery? If he grows squeamish  when he is about to apply the cure, who will restore health to stricken hearts?
    Homosexual Priests Better Off as Laymen
    (7) … The befouling cancer of sodomy, is, in fact, spreading  so through the clergy or rather, like a savage beast, is raging with such shameless abandon though the flock of Christ, that for many of them it would be more salutary to be burdened with service in the world than, under the pretext of religion, to be enslaved so easily under the iron rule of satanic tyranny.  It would be better for them to perish aloneas laymen than, after having changed their attire but not their disposition, to drag others with them to destruction, as Truth itself testifies when it says, “But if anyone is a cause of stumbling to one of these little ones, it would be better for him to be drowned in the depths of the sea with a great millstone round his neck (bold added).
    The Depravity of Homosexuals Seeking Ordination
    (10… It seems to me to be utterly preposterous for those who are habituated to the filth of this festering disease to dare present themselves for orders, or to remain in them if already ordained (bold added). It is clearly contrary to reason and to the canonical decrees of the Fathers.     
    (12) … It is perfectly clear that when a capital crime has degraded a man, no subsequent holy life will reform him to the point where he might receive orders and ecclesiastical status. No one may aspire to reach the heights of preferment who has surely fallen into the depths of mortal sin.                                                                                                                                                          
    (15) Who can turn a deaf ear, or more to the point, who does not tremble through and through at the words that Paul, like a mighty trumpet, blasts at such as these“God abandoned them to their heart’s desire and to the practices with which they dishonor their own bodies.” (Rom. 1.24.) And almost immediately following, he said, “That is why God has abandoned them to degrading passions. For their women have turned from natural intercourse to unnatural practices, and their menfolk likewise have given up natural intercourse with women to be consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameless things with men and getting anappropriate reward for their perversion. …” Why is it that they are so eager to reach the top in ecclesiastical rank after such a grievous fall? What should we think, and what conclusion shall we draw but that God as abandoned them to their depravity?  
    (16) Consequently, sodomites attempt violently to break in on angels when impure men attempt to approach God through holy orders. … One who tries to reach God  by the tortuous road of arrogance and conceit , rather than by the path of humility, will certainly fail to recognize the entrance that is obviously right before him, or even the door is Christ, as he himself says: “I am the door.” (John 10.9.) Those who lose Christ because of their addiction to sin, never find the gate that leads to the heavenly dwelling of the saints.
    Unworthy Priests Spells Ruin for the People
    (50) For God’s sake, why do you damnable sodomites pursue the heights of ecclesiastical dignity with such fiery ambition? To what purpose are you so eager to ensnare the people of God in the meshes of your own perdition? Is it not enough that you yourselves are plunging  headlong into the depths of sin? Must you also expose others to the danger of your fall? …
    (51) Let him, therefore, who is still bound up in earthly desires, beware lest, reveling in his pride of position, he becomes the cause of destruction for his subjects for having more grievously inflamed the anger of a rigorous judge. Everyone, in fact, should discreetly judge himself  and not dare to accept the office of the priesthood if accursed vice still has power over him. Nor should he who is the victim of his own depravity aspire to become an intercessor for the sins of others. Forbear, I beg you, and dread to inflame the inextinguishable fury of God against you, lest by your very prayers you more sharply provoke him whom your wicked life so obviously offends. If you are willing to accept your own destruction, beware of being responsible for the damnation of others. Remember this: The more circumspect you are about your present lapses into sin, the more readily will you rise in the future when God in his mercy extends his hand, inviting you to do penance
    God Refuses Sacrifices from Unclean Hands
    (52) But if Almighty God himself refuses to accept sacrifice from your [unclean] hands, whom do you think you are in presuming to thrust them upon him against his will? “The sacrifice of the unclean is abhorrent to the Lord.” (Prov. 15.8)
    (57) Now, therefore, he who despises the revered Councils of the holy fathers, who distains the commands of the apostles and of apostolic men, who is not afraid to reject the prescripts of the canons, and makes light of the solemn command of God himself, should at least be advised to conjure up before him the day of his death; and should have no doubt that the more gravely he sins, the more severely he will be judged. …
    Saint Peter on the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah
    (62) Nor should those who are in sacred orders pride themselves if their lives are detestable; for the higher they stand in their eminence, the deeper they will lie when they fall. Just as now they are required to surpass others in holiness of life, so afterwards they will be compelled to bear more frightful punishments, as Peter says: “When angels sinned, God did not spare them; he sent them down to the underworld and consigned them to the pits of hell to be held for punishment until the day of Judgment… And he reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and destroyed them completely, as a warning to those who should act wickedly in the future.” Why is it, that after recalling the fall and damnation of the devils, the Blessed Apostle then turned his attention to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, unless it was his purpose to show that they who are now addicted to the vice of impurity will be condemned to eternal punishment together with the unclean spirits? He does this further to suggest that, along with the very author of all wickedness, the unquenchable flame will devour those who are tormented by the libidinous fires of sodomy. …
    (63) Now, to bring all this to a brief conclusion, whoever shall have soiled himself with the filth of shameful sodomy by any of the methods we have enunciated above, unless he has purged himself through effective penance, he can never obtain the grace of God, will never be worthy of the Body of Christ, will never cross the threshold of the heavenly fatherland. This is what John the Apostle clearly states in Revelation, when speaking of the glory of the kingdom of heaven: “No one unclean may come into it, no one who does what is loathsome.” (Rev. 21.27.)
    Does Necessity Demand the Advancement of Homosexual  Clerics?
    (13) But perhaps someone will say that necessity demands and that no one is present who can celebrate divine services in the Church; consequently, the decision, which, as justice required, was at first appropriately severe, is now softened in the face of practical necessity. I am going to reply to this in a summary way…. Shall we wipe out a rigorous judgment to benefit an individual, but retain it unchanged even to the deprivation of an entire people?
    … Therefore, if an unclean man has no inheritance at all in heaven, how can he be so arrogant as to presume apposition of honor in the Church, which is surely the kingdom of God. Will he also fear to despise the Divine Law, which he disregarded by steeping himself in crime, when he assumes the dignity of ecclesiastical office? Indeed he saves nothing for himself, because at every turn he was not afraid to be in contempt of God. 
    (To be continued with a special commentary.
     
    Saint Peter Damian on the Spiritual Life
    On the Value of Clerical Celibacy
     
    Introduction
    Among Saint Peter Damian’s many writings on the spiritual life are those addressed to popes and fellow cardinals on the subject of clerical celibacy – an issue as fundamental to the mission and welfare of the Catholic Church in the pre-Hildebrand era as it is today. The positive exaltation of clerical celibacy by Peter Damian provides a perfect complement to his utter condemnation of sodomy. Below are some important ideas for moral reform found in the holy monk’s many letters and communications to high clergy and laity alike. 
    The following excerpts were taken from Owen J. Blum. O.F.M.’s masterpiece St. Peter Damian – His Teaching on the Spiritual Life.
    A Timely Reminder: Harsh Punishment Does Have Value
    The spectacle of a married clergy living openly in concubinage was an abomination in Damian’s eyes,” comments his modern biographer, Father Blum who notes that Peter Damian spared no one in proclaiming this truth including the Holy Father in Rome.
    According to Blum, during the early months of 1059, Peter Damian wrote to Pope Nicholas II(1058-61) urging the pontiff to wield the fullness of apostolic power in laying low the evil of clerical incontinence once and for all. The remedy, the holy monk told the pope, was the deposition for those who defiled the beauty of ecclesiastical chastity, so that others, seeing the punishment inflicted for this crime, would be deterred from following the same path. 
    Damian knew from experience that threats of eternal punishment or the promise of virtue’s reward had failed to impress the clerics with whom he was dealing (bold added). Therefore, as a last resort, the radical cure of deposition was required. The punishment of deposition spoke the language that the offenders understood, for it deprived them of the office from which they received the livelihood that sustained them in their simulated wedlock.
    As an added goad to the Pope, Damian reminded him of the wrath of God in store for superiors  who failed to discipline their subjects. The man whom sloth deterred from inflicting the salutary wound of penance, Damian concluded, would be delivered into the hands of the devil, the devouring lion of which St. Peter spoke.
    Virtuous Cardinals Are Key to Moral Reform
    In 1057, shortly after Peter Damian was raised to the Cardinalate, he moved his one-man campaign for  moral reform by sending a lengthy letter to his fellow cardinals in which he provided a sure remedy for the clerical ills of his day: the example of a virtuous  life filtering down from the princes of the Church to all levels of the clergy and laity. 
    He reminded the cardinals that by the virtue of their office of teaching they bear the dignity of angels. Accordingly, they must announce to the people the truths of salvation, not only in word, but especially by their behavior; for, as Peter Damian remarked, the tongue indeed proclaims the sermon of the preacher, but his life renders it attractive. He also pointed out to his fellow-cardinals that a strict norm of living should be in evidence in the Lateran Palace (the residency of the papacy at the time). 
    Much to the pointeven for our own day, Peter Damian made it perfectly clear that the princes of the Church were role models for priests. He warned them that the temporal goods which they enjoyed, most especially the wealth and property they possessed as a result of their ecclesiastical position were given to them as a means of acquiring the goods of eternity. “Let our wealth and our treasure be the riches of souls,” Peter Damien wrote.
    Peter Damian personally took a great interest in selecting worthy and holy men to fill the offices of the Italian episcopate to the same extent that he urged the deposition of those bishops who were unfit for ecclesiastical office. He also argued for a better education for diocesan priests and for the personal supervision of young priests by the cardinals and their aides. 
     
    SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE
    Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
     
    It was during the 11th century, the century of Saint Peter Damian, that we find the first definitive movements  of the development of special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The great Benedictine nun Saint Gertrude (1256-1301) in one of her many visions, was reported to have asked  Saint John the Evangelist if on the night of the Last Supper he had felt the beating of Jesus’ Divine Heart, and is so, why he had never spoken of the fact. And Saint John replied that this revelation had been reserved foe subsequent ages when the world , having grown cold, would have need of this special devotion to rekindle that Love.
    Catholics of the 21st century live in such an age.
    But it was not until the 17th century that Jesus manifested His desire to the French Visitation nun, Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) at the convent of Paray-le Moniato propagate worldwide devotion under the figure of the Heart of Flesh. In 1675, Our Lord told Sister Margaret Mary:
    Behold this Heart, which so loved men. I receive nothing but ingratitude, contempt, outrage, sacrilege, and indifference. Behold, I ask that the first Friday after the octave of the Blessed Sacrament (Corpus Christi) be dedicated to a special feast to honor My Heart, communing on this day, and giving it due reparation through an act of reparation for the indignities he received during the time he was exposed on the altars. I promise you that My Heart will expand to pour out in abundance the influences of His Divine Love upon those who will tax you this divine honor and seek that it be lent to you. 
    With the help of Jesuit Father Claude de la Colombiere, her spiritual director, Sister Margaret Mary propagated the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus throughout France and England
    On January 26, 1765, the Congregation of Rites at the Vatican approved the worship of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Shortly after, on February 6, 1765, Pope Clement XIII approved the decree of the Congregation. On August 23, 1856, Pope Pius IX issued a decree inserting the Feast of the Sacred Heart into the Church Calendar and made the celebration of the   feast obligatory by the universal Church.
    Saint Margaret Mary was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. Her incorrupt body rests above the side altar in the Chapel of the Apparitions, located at the Visitation Monastery in Paray-le-Monial, and has been the site of many miracles over the centuries.
    Father Claude de la Colombiere was canonized on May 31, 1992, by Pope John Paul II.
    The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart
    Our Lord made these twelve Promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary:
    1st Promise: “My blessing will remain on the houses where the image of My Sacred Heart is exposed and venerated;” 
    2nd Promise: “I will give to the devotees of My Heart all the graces necessary to your state;” 
    3rd Promise: “I will establish and preserve peace in their families;” 
    4th Promise: “I will comfort you in all your afflictions;” 
    5th Promise: “I will be a safe refuge in your life and especially at the time of your death;” 
    6th Promise: “I will give abundant blessings on your labors and undertakings;” 
    7th Promise: “Sinners will find, in my Heart, an inexhaustible source of mercy;” 
    8th Promise: “The tibial souls will become fervent by the practice of this devotion;” 
    9th Promise: “Fervent souls will rise in a short time to a high perfection;” 
    10th Pledge: “I will give priests who practice this devotion especially the power to touch the most hardened hearts;” 
    11th Promise: “The people who propagate this devotion will have their name inscribed forever in My Heart;” 
    And the great Promise:
    12th Promise: “To all those who communicate on the first Friday of nine consecutive months, I will give the grace of final perseverance and eternal salvation.” 
     
    ACTION LINE FOR JUNE 2019
     
    Each month, the League asks its members to carry out a specific request related to the future disposition of the League. For the coming month of June we are asking the following:
    • Please email or write to the League at rvte61@comcast.net or Box 315, Export, PA 15632 your thoughts on the League’s promotion of the First Fridays as detailed in the above 12thPromise, as well as the First Saturdays dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. 
     
    • Thus far the response to the League of Saint Peter Damian has been excellent on the part of both priests and laity. However, we have had only one bishop worldwide who has expressed an interest in the LeagueIf you are in contact with any traditional bishop who you think might be interested in supporting the League, please send him a copy of this mailing and urge him to contact the League directly. 
     

     

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