What Will You Say When God Asks: “Where Are Those Whom I Have Entrusted to You?”



This is an amazing sermon delivered two days ago by an unidentified Catholic priest. He discourses clearly and forcefully on a range of issues, especially the serious obligation we who are parents have before God to safeguard our children from moral dangers. Along the way, he makes a few startling comments about how the evil one tries to subvert children and, in particular, he advises parents to be on guard against letting a certain “strange man” speak directly to their children.
Give this a listen. It will be 18 minutes and 44 seconds of your life well spent.


P.S. In case you’re wondering, the lion picture pertains to 1 Peter 5:8-9. When you hear this sermon, you’ll understand why I added that graphic.

83 Comments

  1. Paul

    bakerstreetrider said: "The priest knew that a president who supports genocide was going to be addressing the children of his parish, and he felt that he should warn these families of the danger."It's that kind of rhetoric that got Jim Pouillon of Owosso, MI killed today. Nevermind that Obama (who I do not support) never mentioned abortion but only encouraged kids to study hard and stay in school. Golly. Kind of thing a President does when school starts or he visits a school. Kind of like Bush 43 and Clinton and Bush 41 and Reagan did before him.But genocide? I don't even Fr. X mentioned that word.Fr. Paul, Pastor, St. Joseph's, Dalton, GA

  2. Jane E

    Dear Father Williams,I had hoped that my last post to you would be my last post to you. Unfortunately, Father, you continue to say worrisome things that can't be ignored.First off, you are becoming increasingly insulting, belittling in your comments: "Let me repeat it for the slow people"?! How demeaning of you.Next, you infer that that supporters of Father X are bigots and no doubt members of a certain political party. Equally demeaning.From that insult one can easily deduce that you must then be supportive of a certain political party whose Catholic politicians do everything in their power to defy Church teaching, then go on to receive sacrilegious Communions, and when one of them dies, gets heartily canonized at a funeral Mass. That's the reason why Catholics get upset when our churches get politicized–NOT because of the Constitution– but because Christ is mocked.In addition, I took you up on your offer to view your website. By your parish website's posting of Justice Sotomayor's appointment, I can draw the conclusion that you are supportive of her, when so many pro-life groups and priests and bishops opposed her. Why, Father? Because of the demographics of your parish? What are you teaching your flock? That it's more important to support one of your own heritage than it is to fight for and support the protection of the unborn? That's a very condescending way to treat your parishioners.What I do wonder, is how a priest with a parish of 10K has enough time to write the numerous ad hominem attacks that you've managed to do. Something's got to give. I hope it's not your prayer life. Frankly, what you have written has been most uncharitable and so unbecoming of a priest.Worry more about sins (other than those of the peace and justice stripe). Worry less about the IRS.You won't attack a politician or political party, you claim, yet you have no problems attacking a saintly priest, who is a man of God, like you.Finally, you have insulted me by calling me one of Father X's lackeys. I am no one's lackey; I do not know Father X. But I do know a faithful and true priest when I encounter one. May God grant him many years, and if it were moral to clone, than Father X ought to be the first one cloned. As for you, Father, your words and attacks against a brother priest are causing scandal.I meant very seriously my statement that I would pray that you radiate Christ. I have remembered you at Mass today and in last night's Rosary. I will continue to pray for you throughout the Year of the Priest. Like your patron St. Paul, may the scales fall from your eyes so that you may see you are persecuting Christ.

  3. youngestof13

    JMJQuite interesting and disturbing to see the conversations that are taking place – and over what – because a priest decided to warn his flock about possible danger in allowing their impressionable children to listen and watch Mr. Obama. What is the hold Pres. Obama has over America? I sent an email to family members warning them about Obama's speech and several of them told me to take them off my email list! Now, isn't that warning "take it or leave it" type of stuff that you are free to put in the garbage, but no they decide that they will put a family member in the garbage instead. And all because of a warning of potential danger! I'm bewildered. Fr. Paul, I am embarrassed for you. You are acting below your dignity. What is it that riled you in the first place? The politics of the pulpit? There are far more offensive sermons that could be critiqued, like the ones that actually preach heresy! I get a little riled when my husband says something that is true about me or my methods, the Truth hurts! The Catholic schools are lacking, Obama stands for everything anti – Catholic, sorry if the truth hurts, but there it is.Maybe everyone should check out this article about the very possible hypnosis techniques that Obama uses to influence even the strongest and most educated of us all and then ask the question, WHY does this President want to speak to the children who are far more impressionable? And… Why such a reaction when he is called into question?http://www.sea-cat.info/Obama_NLP.pdf Makes perfect sense why an exorcist warns not to watch his speeches or listen to them.

  4. Matt C. Abbott

    I don't think it's fair to pin Jim Pouillon's murder (RIP) even indirectly on some pro-lifers' rhetoric. The man who shot Mr. Pouillon was a crazed pro-abort.I, for one, appreciate when a priest or bishop isn't afraid to use strong words when referring to the anti-life forces. Case in point: Father J. Patrick Serna of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas…http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/090908

  5. Dave

    Also, I think a good point to be made here is that ALL of us need to be very vigilant in letting our Faith be clouded with politics in any way. It is quite hard to do in this politically polarized environment. In what follows, I may miserably fail at my own advice, but we do our best.Obviously, faithful Catholics will tend to gravitate towards the GOP simply because the Democratic party is so repulsive and is basically the party of the godless, but it's become quite obvious that "not being the Democrats" is about the best thing the GOP has going for it. Neither party is the "Catholic" party.I don't think it's a legitimate criticism of Fr. Paul to associate FSSP with the GOP. It is probably true, however, that they are anti-Democrat. Given that the core Democratic values these days seem to be abortion and socialism, both completely antithetical to Catholic teaching, who can blame them?Abortion is an absolute horror. Anyone supporting it is not a reasonable person (or party), or someone worthy of any respect. They are certainly due charity, as is anyone – they are probably deluded.We do have to present the Truth without compromise. We also have to present it in the most winsome way possible – the goal is the salvation of souls.

  6. Paul

    Jane, I must have missed the link to Sotomayor (unless it's part of an automatic newsfeed, which I'll have taken down). I've only been here since July 1 and were slowly cleaning up the website. Things like the "Prayer Requests" page were not handled well because they didn't use spam blockers like this website does. But my web manager is a volunteer, so it gets done when it gets done.As to the rest, I've said my peace. Oh, and most of your presumptions are wrong.Back to work – only six baptisms today, a wedding, and a Quinciañero (yes, a 15 year old BOY wanted to renew his vows, first time I've ever done that, it went well) and of course, 3 more Masses and confessions before each.Have a great week, Fr. Paul

  7. Paul

    youngestof13 says: "There are far more offensive sermons that could be critiqued, like the ones that actually preach heresy!" Heck, I was preaching that more than 10 years ago:http://padrenet.com/sermons/hot29c.htmlRead it and call me an Obama supporter or heretic.I still think Fr. X's sermon was ill-advised.Fr. Paul

  8. youngestof13

    JMJDear Father, No, I did not call you an Obama supporter or a heretic and if that is what you interpreted I beg your forgiveness. Please be at peace. May God bless you and please pray for me as I will pray for you.

  9. Brian Murphy

    I am so ever thankful to the priests on audiosancto.org for their wholesome Catholic homilies. I have derived much benefit from them, the priests of audiosancto.org will be in my prayers as will the priests who have commented on this blog.Thank you from a humble Catholic for taking serious your vow to look after those whom God has entrusted to you. I pray that God gives me the grace to watch over my young 6 month old son and any other children that God sends my way. I pray everyday that God will protect their Baptismal innocence, and it is the needed warnings from great priests such as those at audiosancto. org that gives us the tools to do cooperate with God's grace in protecting the innocence of our children.I believe that the priests at audiosancto take seriously their duty to look after those whom God has given to them as parishioners. Hopefully all of us take our vocations serious too and do everything in our power, above all, relying on God's grace to take care of those whom God has entrusted to us.God Bless you all.Brian

  10. Paul

    youngestof13, no worries, I didn't take it that way. It just seems others have. Notice in my sermon from 11 years ago, I was able to preach about the topic without naming politicians or political parties. (And I LOVE the Chesterton quote, I still use it today.)I guess what got my dander up was the insult to the public schools (and the Nazism stuff), when 95% of our kids go there and many of our parishioners teach/principal/or administrate there. I've seen lots of good there, and the statistics actually show that a public school graduate is more likely to keep his/her faith than one who goes to a Jesuit school. :-/ Hehe.And by your screename, congrats. My little sister has 10. Hope you go on to do great things.Off to duty, Fr. Paul

  11. Patrick Madrid

    I appreciate the insightful comments that many of you have made on this thread. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this.However, Father 10K's petty, smug, self-congratulatory attacks on his brother priest are an embarrassing exception. They stand in marked contrast to the measured, wise advice given by that priest whose sermon (and person) Father 10K has been busily sneering at here.What a shame to see a Catholic priest carrying on like this.

  12. ginny

    It's about time priests preach the truth about evil. I would love to know this priest's name and also of the exorcist. Our own pastor tip toes around any, and I mean ANY issues like abortion, evil/the devil,homosexuality, etc.

  13. Paul

    Patrick, I think Dawn Eden had the most insightful post in this thread.And I stand by my comments. "Tone" on the Internet is often hard to discern, and you facilitate it by blogging like this. But I do know that if you had posted a link to a sermon by a priest who preached something in support of the errors in modern American culture and Catholicism, you and your commentators would be all over him, without a thought for attacking a priest. Golly, that's what they did to me when I didn't bow down to Fr. X's supposed great sermon. His topic was great, his delivery was good, but I've already pointed the problems that I had with the sermon. And my rhetoric (which I admit can sometimes be direct) was no different than his in his sermon. Go back and listen and read.Debating on the Internet has its uses, I've been doing it since the days when the only place to debate on Catholic issues was on AOL (ha!). I learn a lot from even the commentators I disagree with. And doing so without the anonymity possible on the 'Net I think makes the debate more honest. You ought to consider that: you sign your name, why not all your commentators and preachers you link to?Fr. Paul

  14. Dave

    I don't think Fr. Paul has been as bad as you describe, Patrick. He has said a few things I disagree with, and hasn't been perfect in charity either, but I certainly don't think he's been any worse than many of the commenters have acted towards him.Fr. Paul does seem to be an orthodox priest who has disagreement with the tone and perceived extremeness of Fr. X's homily. I come down somewhere in the middle, so I can understand both sides.I think that we owe more respect to a priest of Jesus Christ. Fr. Paul is definitely right that Dawn's comment is the best one on this thread.

  15. Patrick Madrid

    I appreciate your point of view, Dave, but I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. Father Paul may be an orthodox priest (I have no way of knowing), but his behavior on this thread has been an embarrassment, and that's a fact.Father Paul, it doesn't seem to have occurred to you that when you make rash accusations like the one you made in your most recent post ("You and your commentators would be all over him, without a thought for attacking a priest") you simply prove my point.You are quick to presume malice on the part of myself and other commentators, whom you are certain would "attack" a priest, and yet you are blind to the fact that your very comment itself is an (unfounded) attack on me and on them.Think about it. As I said, you may think your comments have been appropriate for a Catholic priest to make about a brother priest, about other posters on this blog, and least of all, about me, but I do not.I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this.

  16. rachelclapointe

    I'll probably be the next to be eaten alive, but I have to agree with Fr. Paul. I haven't had the time to listen to the whole homily (a 4 1/2 month old and a trip out of state make it difficult) but I'm immediately cautious when I hear that someone is "naming names" in a homily. Catholic Answers was fined by the IRS for the Catholic Guide to voting that doesn't even name names or parties. If the IRS found out about this homily the parish and archdoicese could face fines. Is that why the hosting website is anonymous? So that homilies that violate tax laws can be posted without fear of repurcussions?As for the other comments about Father's tv preferneces and the attacks on him because of his "off-color" comments, I disagree. A pastor who knows modern culture and isn't afraid to be human is not a bad thing. If my pastor was perfect, I"m afraid that I wouldn't be able to connect with him and I doubt I'd be inclined to seek him out for confession as I wouldn't feel as though he were able to understand the things I face. Priests aren't called because they are holy and perfect. And WHEN they aren't perfect (not if) we should still respect them. Disagree politely, fine, but that's not what I've seen here. An "I'll pray for your soul" type of response is totally disrespectful and comes across as very "holier than thou". If you feel the need to do so, fine, but as the Lord said, go into a private place and pray, don't broadcast it on the internet.And Patrick, I've read your blog for quite some time as well as being a friend on facebook and seeing comments there, I agree that many of the commentors on here would be all over a priest for preaching heresy. And perhaps it is a founded "attack" for Fr. Paul to point out that this brother priest is voilating tax laws and that we shouldn't support that?

  17. Lynne

    I've listened to this priest's sermons often…I've listened to the entire archive of their sermons. There's several priests but this one is especially powerful. I believe that he speaks the Truth…and yes, it can be very difficult to listen to.

  18. Dan C

    Here are my two cents. The priest in the above sermon schocked me by naming the President. I know this was done in the past and is not something done now and I am not sure it was appropriate. However, I loved the sermon otherwise. I am so sick of these buttery smooth sermons. I want to leave challenged to improve. I want a little fire and brimstone now to avoid it all later. I want a priest who stays faithful to the magesterium and not someone who is so concerned about the love of God that he forgets the Ire. The love is important, but so is the ire and no, everyone is not getting forgiven. i want some clear direction from the pulpit for a change not some cowardly, politically correct beeswax. I want a priest who is not afraid to take a stand and hold it. Not some place holder waiting for a man to come to the pulpit.Don't tell me about the good of the world and the joy of it. Tell me how to avoid hell. I want to cross into Cannan, not go down with Dathan and Korah. Be a Paul, be a Peter, not some tired frightened rabbit. I know the joy. I see the beauty. There is also a lot of ugly. Let's expose it for what it is. Please take Eze 3 seriously. It is my soul you have in your hands.

  19. Paul

    Patrick, I am by no means afraid to "attack a priest" if I think he is doing harm. I was attacked because I quoted from American Idol. What's up with that? Where are the priorities of your readers?I had problems with the sermon because we are a pluralistic society and Fr. X, who is perfectly in his rights and duties to speak out about these important issues, chose to instead to attack persons and parties. Something I was trained decades ago is a big no no. And need I reiterate Godwin's law? Fr. X did it in his first sermon without thought.I may disagree with our politicians, but I don't start by shouting "Nazi!" because I disagree with them. I try to convince them by reason, not condemnation, that they need to change their policies and why.There was recently a show on the Food Network about a priest who beat down a celebrity chef in a competition on who made the best Fajitas (way to go Fr. Leo!). That was the most fun and most evangelizing moment of the summer (Christianity must have joy, as I quoted from St. Teresa of Avila earlier, and CS Lewis said basically the same). He (the cooking priest) made more converts than Fr. X. who only managed to polarize. As I've said, there are plenty of priests who can preach about the topic without either alienating half the crowd or preaching to the choir. I don't know if Fr. X understands that.But like I said, he's welcome to sign up, sign his name, town and church, and defend himself. Seems like he has a lot of friends here – they ought to encouraqe him to do so. They say he's a good guy and I believe that. But why the anonymity? St. Paul didn't write his letters or preach his sermons anonymously. What makes us think we can do so anonymously? How many converts other than the Choir will we reach? We're supposed to evangelizize this world, not hide from it and let the Choir say "rah rah!" because they're on the "right side." A journalist friend of mine said his final conversion came when he realized it wasn't about "rah rah!" and being correct on the issues, but about personal holiness, and the rest follows.Fr. Paul

  20. john perry

    Even though we aren't accustomed to such "forceful" language and examples, I happen to think that the lack of these reminders, has helped to contribute to complacency and moral relativism within our Catholic culture and ultimately, society.

  21. Just another mad Catholic

    I personally enjoyed the sermon of Fr X for two reasons (a) he's using the 1962 calander (and presumably said litrugical books) and (b) like Fr Ripperger of the F.S.S.P he's able to get to the heart of the matter (especially the point about Catholic Schools) without going off over the edge as some (perhaps most) S.S.P.X priests do. JAMC Kudos to Father X

  22. Lisa P

    It seems, that this little thread in this great big internet has revealed the crux of our problems in the Church and as such the world. The Church is divided between those who want the whole Truth (the Way, the Truth, and the Life) no matter how difficult it is to hear or preach the whole Truth and those who would prefer to water it down and spruce it up with fluff so not to offend others, or not to loose their tax exempt status. But the Truth is a man and when they said, "This is a hard saying, who can listen to it?" Our Lord said, "Do you take offense at this?" (speaking of his teaching that we must eat His Body and Blood to have eternal life) and many of His disciples left and never returned to Jesus. He certainly did not water down His teaching to keep His followers and His priest should not either. In today's climate it seems many of our priest don't think that the Truth alone can keep the pews full, and some people may leave and never follow Him again but many more will come and stay because Truth is all that matters. He is all that matters.

  23. Dave

    Lisa,I'm sure Fr. Paul will speak for himself, but I don't think Fr. Paul himself is saying the Truth should be watered down. I think he is saying that the Truth should be presented in the most winsome way possible, which is clearly true.Whether Fr. X's homily was presented in that way seems to be the issue here. On the other hand, those Catholics who have a tribal loyalty to the Dem party need to be shaken out of it somehow.There also might be an issue because Southern Democrats aren't as bad as northern Dems, and Fr. Paul is in the South. Fr. Paul, I don't know how Dems are down there, but up here, they are downright despicable. I don't think I've ever been more embarrassed and disgusted to be a Minnesotan than when the election officials made sure Al Franken was our new senator. He stands out in a bad way even in a crowd of craven politicians. Down there, you might get a reasonable choice between a Dem and a GOP'er; up here, not so much.The whole tax exemption thing is, frankly, a tyrannical rule, IMO. While it would be good to keep the Church's tax-exemption, that can't come at the expense of the Truth.

  24. Lynne

    By the way, the whole tax exemption thing was put in place by LBJ when he was in Congress to stop the pastors in his district who had been speaking out against him. It used to be a lot more common for priests/pastors to talk about the evils of certain legislation, etc. That they no longer do that is not a good thing.

  25. dustofthetime

    WOW! 76 comments and counting! My daughter sent me this link and I've learned a lot about what divides Catholic priests and people–just from the observations and beliefs of those who have posted.Here are some questions I have–When should a priest mention Nero or Stalin or Hitler (or Obama) in a homily? Never? Only to praise him? Only to ask for prayers for him? Or can a secular leader be directly criticized from the pulpit for sins and beliefs that seriously affect the Church and the nation?Should Catholics be concerned when atheist blogs (yes, there are quite a few) gloat over the fact that our current (unnamed) President is the first one raised without a religious background? How should one judge a politician who claims he is a Christian but has never sent his children to religious instruction (e.g., Sunday School)?dustiam

  26. Paul

    David, down here in the South, the party you spoke of tends to be much more conservative and Pro-Life, though not always the case. Our former Governor and Senator spoke out very strongly about how the party he and I grew up with has gone astray, especially on Life issues. (And I've completely renounced affiliation with any party nowadays, anyway.)As to the tax exemption thing. We need to look at what is happening around us and be realistic. I alluded to it earlier, but most seemed to miss it. Screwtape encouraged Wormwood to do one of two things to his "Patient": reduce his religion to politics or elevate his politics to religion. Either one would insure his "Patient's" damnation.We should be involved in the political system. No matter what party you belong to, you should bring your Catholic values to it, without shame. But don't make your politics religion or your religion politics. (Credit to CS Lewis.)And as I said earlier, most of us would be appalled if a politician came to speak at our church, promoting one view or the other. I'm appalled when I see others doing it on TV. Why they are not prosecuted, I don't know. When preachers do it, well this thread has already got me started (if you haven't noticed 😉 ). But I will not let it happen in my parish, and I will preach the Gospel of Life to everyone, not falling into the trap Screwtape set for Wormwood's "Patient".Fr. Paul

  27. bakerstreetrider

    Father Paul, people got angry at you because of how insulting you were to a priest. Plain and simple. The majority of your posts discussed 1) how good a priest you are. 2) How unholy, prideful, egotistical, etc., Fr. X. is and how pathetic his parishioners, or "lackeys," are and racially and politically bigoted the FSSP is, and finally, 3.) about 1% was about why you disagreed with this priest's approach/ideas. Many found this approach offensive, especially because of point 2. Though you have said that people leave your homilies enlightened, inspired, etc., I do hope this is not because they are anything like your posts. If you had refrained from point 2, this discussion would probably have been much more fruitful and charitable. I don't know why audiosancto posts anonymous homilies, but I don't see why it is such a big deal. Obviously the original homilies weren't anonymous–I doubt these priests stood up at their ambos in disguise. I think there are many benefits to keeping homilies anonymous when they reach a wider audience. This helps to spare the priest from gaining a "cult following," which can be one of the more destructive things for a person's humility. And, for the record, I've listened to a few other homilies from this priest. He rarely speaks on political topics. Most of the time he discusses doctrine, morals, etc.Concerning "bringing people to the pulpit:" I can't imagine how else this priest could have discussed this matter without bringing up names. He could have said, "A person who supports mass murder is going to be speaking to your children tomorrow at school…don't go." What would that have accomplished? Everyone would know he was speaking of the president. The objective reality is that President Obama supports and legislates in favor of genocide. This is not rhetoric; this is a fact. A whole class of people are being slaughtered. Because of this, the priest thought that parents should keep their children away from him. This seems more like common sense than politics. Highly public actions sometimes necessitate a public response. A priest is a father. A father's job is to protect and defend his children. Those who have been blessed to have a wonderful, loving father know that sometimes he needs to give tough love. Sometimes a father will even have to forbid his child from going places or seeing certain people, but this is his duty. When a father acts this way, he shows that he truly loves his children AND will stand up for them and guide them. A good father would do this even if it mean the IRS would raise his taxes. What are taxes to a father in comparison to the bodies, minds, and hearts of his children?Where are we now? Men, other Christs, will no longer speak out in defense of the smallest and most vulnerable people…to save bucks on their income tax. Homilies are often wishy-washy and dull. The fatherly role of a priest has been emasculated…all for taxes. How true it is that man cannot serve two masters.

  28. Micaela

    This sermon was excellent….for those who may not desire for the 'state of grace'…for those who lack true humility, reverence, esp 'Fear' towards Our Lord (which does happen) will see this homily as too "harsh." The truth is harsh sometimes, and this priest who gave this sermon displays "excellent" understanding for who this president truly is, for what the public school system truly is/and how it works, and is totally "sharp" on how to recognize the devil's works. As we have seen, esp through this sermon, how "caressing" the devil presents himself….esp behind the face of a man who is praised by the mainstream public schools and media, as a "savior"…yet he stands for all the "PERVERSIONS" as this awesome priest states.This is the truth. If you hate the devil and Love Our Lord, you will speak strongly against evil "especially" in the face of evil on Our Lady's own birthday…when such a man of the devil chooses to speak publicly to all the children!Its insane to think this priest is against Christ. Shame Shame Shame to those who are lacking humility.

  29. fireoftheheavns

    Father Paul,Regardless of what you think and do, the words you have posted here completely lack humility.-Martin

  30. Paul

    fireoftheheavens said: "Father Paul,Regardless of what you think and do, the words you have posted here completely lack humility.-Martin"That's your opinion. If I provoked ire here it's because I did not bow down to Fr. X's ill-advised homily. I tried to offer better ways of telling the same message. I've seen it all, had to deal with it all. I've seen what happens – when a woman leaves a church and never returns because she's called a Nazi. I started the same way. I saw the results, what works what doesn't. And I'm not afraid of bloggers (again ref to what Dawn Eden said), and I'm proud of what I preach. Call it lack of humility, but I don't think I've ever had to call someone a "Nazi" from the pulpit. And I've not had to mention a party or person from the pulpit. And I get a good response. If Fr. X comes to understand that, then maybe Patrick's blog will have served its purpose.Call me Fr. 10k as Patrick sarcastically did, but Pope John Paul said that we (as a Church) must meet the people WHERE THEY ARE AT.I have 8 great choirs, and they are wonderful. But they ARE NOT my audience. In their own way, they're doing great. My audience is the one, as in today's Gospel of the Day – the widow of Nain – (not Our Lady of Sorrow, though I preached on as well), that Jesus had pity on.Fr. Paul

  31. Mike

    Dear Father Paul,You mention repeatedly that Fr. X labeled someone a Nazi. He used the word "nazi" once in his sermon, and that was in reference to whom the Pope Pius XII addressed the encyclical Haurietis Aquas: to Nazi Germany. Given the context, how do you justify invoking "Godwin's Law" or suggest he was applying that adjective to any currently living (or governing) individual?Something else I'm not sure about from your posts: do you have an assistant? I ask because you mentioned that you have over 10,000 parishioners. I assume your parishioners are good, practicing Catholics who have been — and continue to be — well catechized (what reason could I possibly have to think otherwise?). So, if your flock were, as a whole, going to confession once per month (meaning that they render themselves unable to earn a plenary indulgence for at least half of the time) you would need to be hearing over 400 confessions on the six days a week that you offer them. I must applaud your stamina and time management! Had you not suggested otherwise, I wouldn't think it possible to be able to say Mass (12 on the weekends!), hear hundreds of confessions, keep up with cooking shows and Americana (and the verbalizations of a particular British television personality), read and reply to Mr. Madrid's blog, and find time to sleep — all in the span of 24 hours. (Oh — and eat: I forgot about eating.) How do you do it? What is your secret?–Mike C.PS: For anyone interested, in the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori, the topic of the importance of frequent confession is heavily stressed. Here's just one daily reading highlighting the merits of this pious practice:http://www.religiousbookshelf.com/meditations-and-readings/day/2203-Tuesday-in-Easter-Week.html

  32. Paul

    Mike, I took offense at Fr. X's Nazi comment because he was applying a Papal quote about education in Nazi Germany to the modern public school system in the US, where 95% of our kids go and many of my people teach (as I stated above). He implied that our President was trying to do the same as the Nazis. That's how I heard it, at least, maybe I'll go back and take another listen.And yes, I finally have my assistant back. His father died in Colombia two Sundays ago and I told him to go be with his father during his dying days. He was gone about a month. I'm getting another Colombian assistant in the next month or two. I hope.And your observations on confession are laudable. But we don't live in the days of St. Alphonsus anymore. I offer it as frequently as I can, but the simple fact is that modern Catholics don't go that often, no matter how often I preach on it. Nowadays more tend to come to penance services, which means every available night during Advent and Lent, I'm at a parish hearing confessions for several hours along with, usually, about 20 other priests. I've got maybe 5 priests within a 45 minute drive. I'm going to have to find 20 more, and bilingual ones even, who are willing to drive 2 hours or more to come help me out. Not having been here long enough for an Advent or Lent, I can only guess at the numbers, but I'm sure it'll be in the thousands. Like I may have mentioned, we have to rent a local fairground for Ash Wednesday because we'll have thousands then as well (church only seats 720 and we can only do so many Masses).When people complain that there are only two priests (as of now, hopefully a third soon) to serve 10k+ people, I ask, "how many sons do you have in the seminary?"These aren't the days of our fathers. (Well, actually here in the South, in my father's day they were lucky to have one priest a month. My grandmother used to famously say, "don't say Yankee go home, else we'll never have another priest here!" She was funny.)Fr. Paul

  33. tim

    I'm of the opinion that Fr. X's homily was fantastic. 1) Fr. X absolutely should name names, especially in the case of a President who is virulently against the 5 non negotiable teachings of the Catholic Church. (I realize BHO is not Catholic. IMHO the five non negotiables should stand on their own as things for the common good of society and something that people of all faiths should ascribe to.) 2) Fr. X must remain anonymous online for a wide variety of reasons, not the least of which is (if identified) he would immediately be attacked for preaching the Truth. 3) The reference to the Nazis was particularly relevant given that we have reached the milestone of something like 50M abortions in America. 50 MILLION. Just look at that number for a minute and think about it. What will we all say when we meet St Peter at the Gates to Heaven and our Lord says “What did YOU do to protect or stand up for these Innocents”?Humanity continues to commit the most horrendous of crimes against the weakest and most vulnerable of society. Can you imagine the headlines if 1M adult Americans were murdered each year? That would be the ONLY news of the day. But unborn children – meh, who cares.4) The reference to Nazis is also on the mark with regards to social engineering and what the public school system is modeled on. It’s actually based on the Prussian model of the 1800’s and having the ability to produce time and again the same known (good soldier) product. There are a lot of reference materials available if anyone were interested. So as Fr. X said, while there are certainly quality teachers that are exceptions to this, the system itself is faulty and is to be regarded only as an option of last resort. I am not a teacher by trade, but I know a lot about the public school system. A product of it myself, I was among the greatest of sinners for the longest time and the school system did nothing to teach me about reason, logic, common sense, personal responsibility, morals, or ethics. They just pushed me through the pipeline and sent me out to be another marginally productive member of society. Thankfully my wife and I started Catholic Homeschooling two years ago. It is OUR responsibility to insure that our children are well educated about their God and the Church…no one else.I encourage everyone to check it out and faithfully consider it for your family too…I know it doesn't work for everyone but it can be done and the numbers who do are growing daily. There are websites galore and homeschooling conferences in many states where you can gather more information.In Christ, Tim

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