The Confusion in the Church grows greater. We hear of the sacriligeous mural depicting unrepentant homosexuals, prostitutes and profligates being lifted up to Heaven by Christ in Archbishop Paglia’s former Cathedral in Terni. Even more amazingly the Archbishop is depicted nearly naked, yet oddly wearing his skullcap on; a most extraordinary combination! The London Times reports that a fair number of what appears to be liberal Cardinals are regretting that they elected Pope Francis, and now want him to resign. More amazingly there are rumours that there is a secret commission tasked with producing an Ecumenical Eucharist whose creators will be the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and Lutheran Church. The mind simply boggles, but it does not stop there. The Pope seems to have given his blessing to couples living in sin if they are sincere, so what does that make of St. Margaret of Cortona before her conversion when she was living with her nobleman lover? What does it say about Augustine and his mistress? However the lunacy continues. There is talk of non-ordained women deacons, and one leading Jesuit seems to think that women priests will be a distinct likelihood. And so many other things are happening, that are sordid, sad, salacious, and ultimately plain diabolical.
How do we proceed in what looks like a spiritual version of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after they were obliterated by the Atom Bomb? We look at the lives of the saints who had to deal with chaos and schisms that rent the Church in the past. And we have to remember that wise saying “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man” and usually it is the Woman who comes and not the Man. Perhaps that is fitting. for many women since the moment that Eve offered Adam the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, have been trying to repair the damage, and since the Incarnation and the Assumption of Mary the New Eve, we have seen great women in the Church and great Men too trying to bring sanity and holiness to a priesthood which too often seems to be running in the opposite direction, namely Hell. So we will look at Hildegard of Bingen, Bridget of Sweden, Catherine of Siena, Colette of Corbie, and Frances of Rome, to name but a few, and the men who helped them. For it does appear that it is the feminine genius that so often brings peace to the male hierarchical clergy who wittingly or unwittling destroy and deface their vocation through power, pride, greed and sensuality. It is then that the spiritual mother comes to the aid of the Church and with a holy no nonsense approach kindly and spiritually batters these wandering and sadly too often wicked priests into shape.