THE SERVANT GENERAL
SPEAK OUT AGAINST EVIL
Faithful and orthodox Catholics must speak out against the
insidious work of reproductive health and gay rights groups,
which work is diabolical, intended to destroy faith, family
Enough of political correctness.
St. Peter Damian (1049): what Church MUST do
in response to rampant homosexuality among clergy
June 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The rise
of the power and influence of homosexual priests, bishops
and cardinals, as well as influential laity,
has been a major factor in the growing chaos within Catholicism
over the past 60 years. This disorder within the Catholic
Church has had a negative impact on the entire world because
of the resulting decline in the positive influences that Catholicism
has had on civilization for many centuries.
To think that what is happening now is new, however, betrays
an ignorance of history. In 1049, when St. Peter Damian wrote
his treatise, Book of Gomorrah (Liber Gomorrhianus),
to Pope Leo IX, homosexuality and sexual perversion in general
were far more openly rampant within the clergy than today.
This horrendous state of affairs is what the Saint addressed
in his appeal to the Pope for urgently needed reforms.
We often hear from sleepy, comfortable,
cowardly, timid or cultural Catholics, and especially from
clergy who are directly implicated in homosexuality, that
we should never criticize priests, bishops and especially
the Pope. Supposedly, that is a greater sin
than that of the heretics and sexual perverts facilitating
great personal suffering and sending souls to Hell without
anyone doing what is necessary to either convert or stop them.
St. Peter Damian was not so
foolish as to listen to such nonsense denying God His justice
at a time when the Church appeared to be in its death throes.
He understood the grave duty to be blunt about the dangers
and sinfulness, to not minimize the catastrophe that would
come if strong actions were not quickly taken and to demand
corrective actions. And yet, he also emphasized
that all of this must be done
with charity and Christian hope for the persons
involved in the moral corruption. Their conversion was above
all hoped and prayed for, rather than their condemnation for
An Italian translated version of the Book of Gomorrah
has recently been published. An English version carefully
translated by one of our LifeSite journalists will also soon
On Feb. 11 of this year the Rorate Caeli website published
excerpts from the introduction by Professor Roberto de Mattei
to the Italian version.
are some paragraphs from that introduction that I hope will
jar awake some of the faithful, especially considering what
is going on now in the United States as a result of the mad
Supreme Court decision and the
moral chaos around the Synod on the Family regarding Church
Excerpts from the Introduction:
St. Peter Damien (1007-1072) Abbot of the Fonte Avellana Monastery
and subsequently Cardinal/Bishop of Ostia, was one of the
most outstanding figures of Catholic reform in the XI century.
His Liber Gomorrhianus, appeared around 1049, in
an age when corruption was widely spread, even in the highest
ranks of the ecclesiastical world.
In this writing, addressed to Pope Leo IX, Peter
Damien condemns the perverted habits of his time in a language
that knows no false mercy or compromises. He is convinced
that of all the sins, the gravest is sodomy,
a term which includes all the acts against nature and which
want to satisfy sexual pleasure by separating it from procreation.
“If this absolutely ignominious
and abominable vice is not immediately stopped with an iron
fist – he writes – the sword of Divine wrath will
fall upon us, bringing ruin to many.”
There have been times in (the Church’s) history when
sanctity pervades Her and others when the defection of Her
members cause Her to collapse into darkness, appearing almost
as if the Divinity has abandoned Her.
Peter Damien’s voice resounds today, as it did yesterday,
with encouragement and comfort for those, like him, who have
fought, suffered, cried and hoped, throughout the course of
He did not moderate his language,
but kept it fiery to show his indignation. He was fearless
in voicing an uncompromising hatred for sin
and it was precisely this hatred that rendered his love burning
for the Truth and the Good.
Today, at the beginning of the third millennium of Christ’s
birth, priests, bishops and Episcopal conferences are arguing
for married priests; they are placing in doubt the indissolubility
of the marriage bond between man and woman and at the same
time, accepting the introduction of laws for homosexual pseudo-marriage.
Sodomy is not being thought of as a sin that cries to God
for vengeance but is diffused in seminaries, colleges, ecclesiastical
universities and even inside the Sacred Walls of the Vatican
Liber Gomorrhianus reminds us that there
is something worse than moral vice practiced and theorized.
It is the silence that should speak, the abstention that should
intervene, the bond of complicity that is established among
the wicked and of those, who with the pretext of avoiding
scandal are silent, and, by being silent, consent.
Graver still, is the acceptance
of homosexuality by churchmen, thought of as a “positive”
tension towards the good, worthy of pastoral care and juridical
protection and not as an abominable sin. In
the summary Relatio post disceptationem of the first week’s
work in the Synod of Bishops in October 2014, a paragraph
affirmed that: “homosexual persons have gifts and qualities
to offer the Christian community”, with an invitation
to the Bishops “…are we capable of welcoming these
people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities?”
This scandalous statement was removed from the final report,
but some bishops and cardinals, inside and outside the Synod
Hall, insisted on the appeal to look for the positive aspects
of a union against nature, going as far as hoping for “a
way to describe the rights of people living in same-sex unions.”
St. Peter Damian as a simple monk, and with greater reason
as a cardinal, did not hesitate
in accusing even the Popes of that time for their scandalous
omissions. Will the reading of the book Liber
Gomorrhianus instill the spirit of St. Peter Damien in the
hearts of some prelates or laypeople, by shaking them out
of their torpor and force them to speak and act?
Even if abysmally far from the holiness and prophetic spirit
of St. Peter Damien, let us make his indignation against evil,
ours, and with the words that conclude his treatise we turn
to the Vicar of Christ, His Holiness, Pope Francis, presently
reigning, so that he may intervene and bring an end to these
doctrinal and moral scandals: “May the Almighty Lord
assist us, Most Reverend Father, so that during the time of
Your Apostolate, all of the monstrosity of this vice be destroyed
and the state of the Church, presently supine, may wholly
rise up again in all its vigour.”
The book can be found in Italian here.
(Note: the name of the saint is spelled Damian in English
and Damien in Italian and French. In Fr. Mattei's quotes is
it spelled Damien)
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