Ten Commandments of Prayer,
by Fr. Robert
DeGrandis, a little booklet with potent small pointers on how to make prayer all
the more effective, how to approach it, how to be spontaneous, the pace at which
we should pray, the importance of sincerity, the role of the Bible, and how we
should set patterns so that we have particular times during which we reserve
communication with Our Lord!
IT'S TIME FOR CHURCH TO FACE WAVE OF EVIL THAT SWEPT IN DURING 1960S AND
FINALLY ROOT IT OUT
Sister Lucia of Fatima once said
that our modern time was experiencing a "diabolical disorientation."
That was said in the middle of the
last century and in fact the 1960s saw a fantastic infusion of evil into
our real, as spirits of rebellion, crime, lust, perversion, pharmaceia
(drugs), wayward music, disoriented artwork, the occult, psychic
phenomena, pornography -- especially sexual sin -- came flooding into
society like a tsunami.
This comes to mind with a major
recent study sponsored by the United States bishops indicating that the
horrific sexual abuse crisis among Catholic and other clergy involved
those who, in the words of one news report about the study,
"came from seminary classes of the 1940s and 1950s who were
not properly trained to confront the upheavals of the 1960s, when
behavioral norms were upended and crime overall in the United States
We have been saying this for years: that at the root of the
sexual abuse crisis was the wave of evil that infected every segment of
society and seemed to specialize in wanton sex during the mid-to-late
1960s and into the 1970s, when it virtually became an institutionalized
aspect of our culture.
The spirit affected those in seminaries, rectories, monasteries,
universities, and convents, and in our view hit with particular force
because it coincided with a weakening in the Church's spiritual-warfare
components -- notably deep devotions to the Blessed Mother, reverent
liturgies (which were in the process of becoming more oriented to priests
than to Jesus), and the prayer at the end of Mass to the Archangel
Michael. That all joined with a stripping of teachings about exorcisms and
mystical theology from seminaries.
We see the result: a satanic infiltration of the priesthood, and in our
view, in most or at least many cases, it didn't seem like a case of wolves
in sheep's clothing so much as what Sister Lucia said: a diabolical
Our clergy was "sorely vexed."
Priests who had no indications or appearances of homosexuality -- nor any
waywardness -- were suddenly swept into just that.
Data show that abuse incidents were "highest between the mid-1960s and the
mid-1980s," the report noted. "Ninety-four percent of the abuse incidents
reported to the Catholic Church from 1950 through 2009 took place before
1990," it said.
It was what was affecting all segments of the West.
"There's no indication in our data that priests are any more likely to
abuse children than anyone else in society," said Karen Terry, principal
investigator for the report, at a news conference where the report was
released Wednesday, according again to news reports. No doubt:
homosexuality played a role; men who were really heterosexual were
deceived by the evil one into unmanly inclinations, as the Sixties spirit
skewed genders with not just homosexuality but also radical feminism.
Sex? Everyone was doing it -- illicitly. It was the Age of Hefner. It was
the age of "liberation." We are still feeling the results -- and in fact
they have never waned.
Priests fell to the temptation. We have also warned that some have been
falsely accused, and we continue to be suspicious of certain claims that
erupt from a person who suddenly recalls abuse by a priest four or five
Recently, there have been cases of priests cleared, at least in homosexual
cases involving youngsters (it never was actual "pedophilia"). In other
cases, priests who initially seemed victims of a persecution have admitted
It is all a part of what society has been swept into -- a disorientation
that has made wrong right and right wrong and good out of fashion and in
some cases (see the arrest of pro-lifers) against the law. The clear fact
is this: during the 1960s and with increased momentum since, priests and
everyone else has been positively surrounded and in fact inundated with
lascivious images on the cover of magazines, suggestive news stories,
sultry commercials, ribald Super Bowl ads, pounding carnal music,
libertine philosophy, lurid supermarket magazines,
nudie publications like Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler, off-color TV
shows, sexy soap operas, tasteless billboards, X-rated movies,
sex-drenched Hollywood dramas, online pornography, evocative music,
sex novels, provocative newspaper ads, news items constantly making free
sex seem like the new norm, sex-themed Broadway plays, and so forth.
Surrounded by this, of course they were affected.
Does that excuse it?
It certainly does not. The Church was dramatically behind the curve in
noticing the effects and dealing with them; it too was swept up; it made
the drastic mistake of wanting to be worldly. It "opened the window" (to
use a Vatican II term) to society and we see what came in. We only
recently received a horrendous first-hand account of how a priest in
Upstate New York serially abused boys -- boys whose lives were no doubt
dramatically affected. It is inconceivable to think that such men
consecrated the Host. At LaSalette, it was said an apparition of Mary
warned about the insertion of evil into convents. It swept over us all. Laymen should be given great credit for knowing the
foundation of Catholicism and sticking with it despite what so many
priests -- so many -- did.
Yes, some were
wolves in sheep's clothing. Some are still out there. Some have been
falsely accused. Others hope they will be thought of as falsely accused,
when they have not.
It says this to the Church: close the window. Go back to your roots.
Forget being hip. Forget modern philosophy.
And it says to society: stop pointing fingers at the Church and start
pointing fingers at yourself.
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