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Lawsuit against Fr. Euteneuer revealed – UPDATED June 28, 2012

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Back when the scandal concerning Fr. Euteneuer broke, I was pretty skeptical of the accusations.  They seemed to be coming from a few sources who had plainly coordinated their stories.  But now a lawsuit has been filed against Fr. Euteneuer in Virginia that provides at least one view of the alleged events.  The accusations are very detailed and extremely disturbingIF they are true, they reveal a gross violation of the priest/confessor/exorcist relationship with a lay person and further reveal that Fr. Euteneuer is an extremely troubled man, and that his removal from active ministry was a prudent and charitable act.  I will provide an excerpt that shares some of these details, but for the rest go to the link.  I warn you, the details are very sexually explicit and I would advise those with a sensitive conscience to avoid reading it:

A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman claims in court.
Jane Doe sued the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, its Bishop Paul Loverde – who is not the priest accused of the abuse – and Human Life International and the HLI Endowment Inc., of Charlottesville, in Arlington County Court.
Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her “exorcist,” Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the HLI Endowment; Euteneur, however, is not named as an individual defendant.

…….. Doe says that her relationship with Euteneur began on Feb. 28, 2008, when she signed “a document entitled ‘Agreement for spiritual help.’ Among many other things, the document defines ‘deliverance’ as ‘the application of the spiritual resources of the Church to persons with demonic infestation in order to liberate them from the influence of unclean spirits.'”
Euteneur became her “deliverance minister,” and “The aforementioned documents included a requirement of ‘complete cooperation’ and travel to Euteneur’s offices at HLI,” according to the complaint.
Doe says that Euteneur told her “that her case was ‘severe.'”
For two months he touched her “in appropriate ways” in his offices, then in April 2008 told her “that he had received permission from the Diocese to perform the rite of exorcism,” Doe says.
On April 11, 2008, she says, “Euteneur began to hug the plaintiff while saying, ‘I wish I could go a lot further.’

And from there it just goes totally downhill.  The abuse was extensive and persistent, involving just about everything save actual…….I think you understand.  Not only that, Euteneuer attempted to cover his tracks by destroying incriminating evidence, or so the affidavit claims.

Well, now we finally know.  During all the scandal almost 2 years ago, my main point was that we didn’t have enough information to condemn (or exonerate) Fr. Euteneuer, although I must admit I was partial towards his innocence……or hoped he was.  But even in the last two years I’ve grown alot in the Faith and see the sickness that seems to attach itself to celebrity priesthood.  The devil has so many wiles and our nature is so weak, and celebrity and fame provide so many opportunities for a fall, I think it best if priests avoid this kind of fame like the plague.  But, then again, Saints like Anthony Marie Claret, Peter Julian Eymard, and John Vianney managed to pull it off.  It takes extraordinary cooperation with Grace, immense humility and, more than anything, a serious life of mortification.  Anthony Marie Claret walked all over Catalonia performing missions – he never rode a horse or in a carriage, as part of his mortification.

But in today’s Church, mortification is so little practiced that the vast majority of us, priests included, just don’t have that immense reserve of temperance, prudence, and humility needed to avoid falling into temptation and serious sin.

All those “old time” spiritual practices that have been so disregarded over the past several decades, often times despised as “medieval” or whatever, existed for a reason!  They are fundamental aspects of the interior life, and unless we practice them constantly, even severely, we are spiritually weak, even disfigured.  And I say that as someone who has never been good at mortification.  I’m an addict…….I don’t exactly practice temperance well.

I pray for Fr.’s Euteneuer, Corapi, and all “celebrity” priests.  It’s such a trap.  Prayer for priests is one of my foremost intentions.  But, I should redouble my efforts, for good, holy priests are absolutely, 100% vital for the life of the Church.  I also pray for those who suffered from any abuse committed by Euteneuer and any other priests…….the horror of such an experience – at the hands of a priest! – is unspeakable.

h/t culturewarnotes

UPDATE: I’m terminating comments on this post.  I don’t think the comments are particularly edifying.  We’ll have to wait for the trial, if there is one.  I pray for the alleged victim and Fr. Euteneuer and the entire Church.  We’re in a nightmare situation right now in the Church.  Read Fr. George David Byers regarding falsely accused priests.  But, many victims have suffered. As I said………nightmare…………..

The persecution really kicks in……….now even Oreos are against us June 27, 2012

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Ha – I mispelled persecution in the title the first time around!  I ar a goud writr

 

When you lose Oreo, you’ve lost………….some bonehead corporate ad exec:

It’s not a joke: Oreos announced their support for gay pride.……..

But seriously, isn’t this ridiculous? [Of course it is.  It’s just corporate chest beating and mindless cultural pandering.  It is most likely some high-placed individual at Nabisco signaling to friends, cohorts, or some woman he wants to seduce just how enlightened he is] Since when does a cookie brand feel the obligation to take political stands? [Since, roughly, the mid-late 60s when the left began to finally disassociate itself from mainstream America, and such differentiation became important.  Thus, a product can be either “hip,” that is, supportive of the opinions of the self-anointed elite, or, “square,” and thus be reserved for us brain dead religious rubes.  Many companies cannot stand not being “hip.”] It’s absurd. Listen, I’m pro-life, but if Oreo announced its support for anti-abortion causes, I would find that bizarre. [I wouldn’t find it bizarre, but kinda dumb] Likewise this. I think it’s very hard to overestimate the enthusiasm for gestures like this in corporate America[It’s almost impossible to overestimate how much many corporations love to signal to their elite buddies just how elite they are.  That is entirely what this is about – it’s less about endorsing a particular cause de jour (red “AIDS” ribbons, pink “Komen” ribbons, now “rainbow” ribbons) than it is about signaling your smug superiority over the muddled masses.  It’s about the new aristocracy defining itself] A  newspaper executive once told me that if readers didn’t like the emphasis the paper he worked for put on gay-positive stories, then the paper could do without such “bigots” (his word) as readers. [No wonder most newspapers are going under incredibly rapidly.  There aren’t enough elites around to keep your paper in business, but you don’t care.]

So, what now? On to Chips Ahoy, which I guess must be presumed to be a vicious little Hate Biscuit until proven otherwise. [See, no, they don’t, because they’re made by the same company, Nabisco.  But the Keebler elves…….now, those are some vicious little homophobic gay bashing yahoos, at least until they get with the program and endorse them some sodomy]

The Komen and red ribbons were foolish and damaging, but only in a relatively small way.  But this latest means of asserting moral superiority, support for gay rights and especially state recognition of gays simulating marriage, will be immensely damaging.  I don’t think we can predict or understand what horrendous consequences will stem from this horrific destruction of marriage.  Just look at what contraception has wrought – runaway divorce rates, infidelity on a mass scale unseen in centuries, skyrocketing bastardy, etc., etc.  What will the reduction of marriage to an essentially meaningless, temporary contract for certain government benefits cause?  As I said, I don’t think we can know, but it’s going to be horrific beyond our ability to imagine.

And, for you Nabisco types reading this, there are much better private label brands that cost half as much as your precious Oreos.  So there.

Canon Ripley on Creation June 27, 2012

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I finished the Roman Catechism and am now going through the parts of This is the Faith by Canon Francis Ripley that I had not previously read (which is most of it!).  I found this interesting exposition on the apparent design built into the universe and all creation, and how it is ridiculous to believe that all came into being accidentally:

The universe is full of design…..obviously, then, it must have had a designer with tremendous intelligence. More than that – even the matter from which the universe is constructed is designed.  Therefore, not only the universe, but even the very matter of which the universe is made must have had a designer. Another word for the Designer of  matter is “Creator.”

Matter did not exist forever. It was created, and the Creator is called God.

The story is told of a famous astronomer who was being visited by a scientist friend who claimed to be an atheist.  The latter was admiring a working-model of the solar system that stood upon a table; by turning the handle, the planets could be made to revolve in their respective orbits around the sun.

“Very ingenious indeed,” he (the atheist”) remarked.  “Who made it?”

“Oh, nobody particular.”

“Tell me; I want to know – who made it?”

“Nobody made it.  It  just happened, by itself.”

The scientist realized he was being taught a lesson and became annoyed.

“You are trying to be funny,” he said.

“How silly you are!” exclaimed the astronomer. “You can’t believe that this little model made itself, and yet you can believe that the real sun and moon and earth, planets and stars, and everything else in the vast universe just came into existence without any Maker!”

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I thought that was kind of a cute little tale.  But what sense is it that everything came from nothing, and all by accident?  Even if the “big bang” happened, where did the incredible concentration of matter and energy come from that made it happen?  There is no answer for that.  Science will never provide an answer for that, because it can’t.  It had to have come from somewhere, and that somewhere is beyond the remit of science.  It’s the agency of faith.

We who are blessed to have faith, know the answer.  Pity those who do not, and pray for them.

Obamacare……..what do you think? June 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Society.
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What do you think the Supreme Court will decide regarding Obamacare?  In reality, the decision was made months ago, we just get the announcement tomorrow.  But what do you think…….completely struck down, just the mandate, just the Medicare changes,just bits and pieces deleted leaving most intact, punt, or endorsement?  I don’t think the latter……I think it’s either the mandate goes down with reference to abuse of the commerce clause (in which case, goodbye liberalism), or a way is found to strike it down without reference to the commerce clause, leaving the liberal agenda woozy but alive.

I’m always ranting at you good people, this time, tell me what you think.  I’m open to almost any interpretation, but I think it gets struck down in some way.  If it doesn’t, well, it will just be the 4,085th nail in the constitutional coffin.  But one of the largest.

Vatican upholds Fr. Pavone’s appeal June 27, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, episcopate, persecution, priests.
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While we’re on the subject of celebrity priests, I’m not sure what this means.  See the following statement from Priest’s for Life:

We are happy to announce that the Vatican has upheld Father Frank Pavone’s appeal and has declared that Father Pavone is not now nor has ever been suspended. Father Pavone remains a priest in good standing all over the world.

We were confident all along that a just decision would be made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy. While we fully agree that Bishop Zurek has rightful authority over the priests of his diocese, we also see the urgent need for Father Pavone to be allowed to conduct his priestly ministry outside the diocese of Amarillo for the good of the pro-life movement.

Well, as far as I knew, Fr. Pavone was never suspended by Bishop Zurek.  I thought Bishop Zurek simply recalled Fr. Pavone to Amarillo under obedience.  Did he suspend his faculties to serve as a priest outside Amarillo, too?  What does this statement mean?  If this is such a huge triumph, shouldn’t there be a bit more to this?  When will Fr. Pavone take back up his public touring, for instance?

What I think it means is that the Vatican ruled narrowly, confirming that Fr. Pavone’s faculties were not suspended, but that he has been ordered to stay in Amarillo. The issue has not been one of suspension, but obedience to a lawful order of one’s superior, even if it may be a prudential mistake, or even a subtle persecution. He can hang out at the Panhandle Franciscans a bit longer, or perhaps serve in a parish.  The Vatican chose not to get in between a priest and bishop, which, it rarely does.  That is my take, but then why the note of victory?

Am I missing something?

 

Goodbye, Kacy June 27, 2012

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We’re having to have our nearly 14 year old black lab put down today.  Her name is Kacy.  She was the second black lab we had.  The first was an amazing dog named Kamy.  Kamy was the most incredible dog I’ve ever known.  Smart as a whip, energetic, an incredible runner –she was actually part lab and part australian sheperd.  She was a very sweet dog, and I used to run with her for miles.  And she would swim swim swim until she ached.  She could climb trees!  I’m not kidding, Kamy could go up a tree, way into a tree, so long as it was slightly bent to the ground.

We got Kacy when Kamy was about 7.  Kacy was always different from Kamy, not nearly as energetic, and very strangely for a lab, very afraid of the water.  Kamy would run and run like crazy, and get very hot, and always find a water hole somewhere to cool off.  Kacy would never swim – I think she was afraid.  I just never had the repoire with Kacy that I did with Kamy.  Then again, we started having kids shortly after we got Kacy, and the focus just shifted tremendously.  Even regarding Kamy, we just didn’t spend nearly as much time with the dogs,.  And after Kamy died, that just sort of increased.  So I didn’t have a real strong emotional attachment to Kacy.

The poor old girl, she got breast cancer.  I knew it was cancer the first time I saw the swelling, but multiple vets misdiagnosed it as just an inflammation.  By the time we finally got a correct diagnosis, she was pretty far gone.  She’s gotten to the point that she can’t even lay down comfortably, and is just so lethargic that we felt we had to do something.  She’s suffering pretty badly now, although she doesn’t whimper, and there’s no treatment that would help – she’s so old, anyways.  So, she’s being put to sleep, right now.  The kids are pretty  upset.  As is my wife.

Strangely, I feel a slight pang of Catholic conscience.  Should I let the dog be put out of its misery, or let nature or God’s Providence take its course?  Since dog’s don’t have immortal souls, I tend to think it’s OK.  At this point I think she just needs to not suffer anymore.  She’s a very sick doggie.

I don’t even have a picture to share!

Bye, Kacy.  You always tried to be a good dog.  Via con Dios.

 

Voris on Pope Benedict on protestant fundamentalism June 26, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, sickness, Tradition, Virtue.
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Voris comments on Pope Benedict commenting on (I’m a great writer!!) American funded evangelical protestant proselytizing in Central and South America.  Pretty interesting:

In watching the video, one thought that came foremost to my mind was the view so many American (and other) prelates hold towards protestantism, and the entire ecumenical movement.  The “mainstream” ecumenical movement over the past 50 years has been focused on watering down doctrine and papering over irreconcilable differences in order to try to cobble together doctrinal statements palatable to, say, Catholics and Lutherans, but which have the practical effect of just causing confusion and seeming to endorse error, or, at least, very much muddy up the clear waters of Truth.  For 450 years, the Church made plain that protestantism was an error of massive proportions, an attack on the Church (which it was, and is), and a disfigurement of orthodox Christian doctrine and liturgical practice.  But, now, many in the Church want to make nice-nice with protestants (and Jews and muslims and hindis and animists and………..) and pretend that differences don’t exist.  It is difficult to combat those protestant inroads into the Church when you see nothing wrong with the protestants making the inroads!

So, we need a proper understanding both of what Catholicism is (the One True Faith instituted directly by Jesus Christ to be His Body/Church on earth and the repository of all the Sacraments and all Truth, the only truly effective vehicle of salvation), and what protestantism is (a loose group of breakaway sects who have viciously attacked the Church for centuries and who possess, at best, a profoundly disfigured view of Christianity and, to put it nicely, very dicey chances of achieving salvation).  We need to understand what ecumenism, rightly practiced, means: accepting the Truth Jesus Christ has revealed through His Church and the authority of the Church of Rome.  We also need catechesis and liturgical practice worthy of the name, so that people will understand the Truth revealed through the Church and see the deficiencies of the competing sects.  But, that’s a whole ‘nuther topic.

Until we, as a Church, do that, we will be fighting at best rear-guard actions against these very substantial protestant invasions of Catholic territory.  The devastation to particular souls by this ineffective evangelization and apologetics is too terrifying to contemplate…….but contemplate we must.  For there are so many souls at stake…….

 

Disgraced Argentine bishop retires June 26, 2012

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I posted on the Argentine bishop, Fernando Maria Bargallo, caught cavorting on a beach in Mexico with a woman, last week. He has now resigned, or been told to resign, in spite of his explanations first denying the pictures were of him, and then claiming the female companion was a long lost childhood acquaintance.  Even if that is the case (which is unlikely, given the evidence)………what example does it set for a bishop to take a luxurious Mexican vacation, and then be found spending time with a woman very immodestly dressed while the bishop himself is very immodestly dressed?

The pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop photographed frolicking on a Mexican beach with a woman, one of several personnel changes announced Tuesday by the Vatican before the pontiff heads off for summer vacation.

Monsignor Fernando Maria Bargallo, bishop of Merlo-Moreno outside Buenos Aires, initially denied having had any improper relationship with the woman, whom he described as a childhood friend. But the 57-year-old Bargallo later decided to step down under the church rule that lets bishops retire before age 75 if they’re found to be unfit for office.

Photographs of the encounter were broadcast on television last week and have been circulating on the Internet.

More interesting news:  it looks like Cardinal Levada will be staying at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for now, which could have dark implications for SSPX.  On another SSPX related note, however, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia has been named vice president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.  Di Noia is a close associate of Pope Benedict XVI and perhaps could better represent his views in doctrinal talks with SSPX than has been done by Cardinal Levada, whom many feel has obstructed regularization to at least some degree.

Too bad for me, I don’t get to write Raymond Cardinal Burke, new Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Dang it.

 

Less than 2% of population has 60% of HIV June 26, 2012

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Some truly stunning, eye watering statistics from Human Life International via LifeSiteNews:

Here are some of the sobering figures: Though they make up only 2 percent of the U.S. population, in 2009 MSM [Men who have sex with men………….ick] accounted for 61 percent of all new HIV infections in the United States and 79 percent of all infections among newly infected men. In 2010, this rate of diagnosis among MSM remained unchanged at 61 percent and 78 percent respectively.

By the end of 2009 there were an estimated 784,701 persons in the United States living with an HIV diagnosis and 51 percent of these were MSM. Similarly, 51 percent of AIDS diagnoses were among MSM. From 2006-09 infection rates of young men increased 34 percent. Nearly half of infections are in white males, while 30 percent are black/African American, and 19 percent are Hispanic. By the end of 2009, nearly 300,000 MSM had died from AIDS.

In the United States, 2 percent of the population — those who engage in homosexual acts — account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections; 19 percent of this population is infected with HIV.[One in five men who have sex with other men has HIV.  Wow] This is truly startling and demands our attention. It is God’s words to Cain after he killed Abel that come to mind — “The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.”

We must respond to this cry. A dignified response to the HIV/AIDS crisis is a human response that encourages moral behavior. Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly emphasized that a medical response is necessary but insufficient. Speaking of the crisis he says, “Above all, it is an ethical problem. The change of behavior that it requires — for example, sexual abstinence, rejection of sexual promiscuity … ultimately involves the question of integral development. … For if it is to be effective, the prevention of AIDS must be based on a sex education that is itself grounded in an anthropology anchored in the natural law and enlightened by the word of God and the Church’s teaching” (“Africae Munus,” No. 72).

………Unfortunately the response of the federal government has not emphasized abstinence and chastity. The projected 2012 budget allocated 21.5 billion dollars to HIV/AIDS in the United States. Of that, only 1 billion is directed toward prevention. A survey of the organizations that receive these monies indicates that little if any funds are slotted for abstinence education. It is, quite simply, not a part of the federal government’s response to the crisis.

$22 Billion!  How much is spent on cancer, or heart disease?!?  I have read that more is spent on HIV/AIDS research in the US than on these other diseases, which affect far, far more people (in fact, live long enough, and you’re virtually certain to develop some form of cancer).   Is this just pandering to a well-monied by tiny minority, or is it something deeper, darker…….something about ourselves, and our own proclivities (not necessarily gay, but certainly not chaste, for most people)?

Pope Benedict XVI is absolutely correct, as he so often is.  The way to address this human catastrophe, the terrible suffering of this disease and, even worse, the moral degradation and loss of Grace that precedes it and, in effect, causes it, is to change the moral actions of the people involved.  In today’s culture, there is perhaps no greater heresy than the one Pope Benedict spoke – change our morality?!?  Are you CRAZY!  This entire sex-sodden and depraved culture simply can’t accept such a thought, that there is an overarching, unchanging Truth, which creates a set of moral guidelines that must be adhered to not only to achieve a desired eternal end, but which also has profound consequences in this life.  For our immoral choices frequently cause us great pain and suffering – something that I know quite well as a recovering addict.  The culture can’t stand that. It would rather plug its fingers in its ears and keep screaming “I can’t hear you!” than be told the truth – the truth which built this culture up and sustained it for dozens of generations.

A priest today at Mass said, to the effect, the more we turn away from God, the more this culture will collapse.  That is also precisely correct.  All we have to do is look around and see collapse in terms of sexual morality, economic and business morality, the life issues (abortion, euthanasia, contraception, etc), even morality in basic human decency.

I’ve beat this drum for a while, but the atheists, agnostics and leftists who want to drive God from our culture, from our very beings, love to pretend that, in doing so, they will create a culture of enlightened reason and humanistic glory and love.  That is not the case.  What will come in the place of God in the lives of people is a vicious, narcissistic barbarism, the likes of which has not been seen in many parts for centuries.  Christianity was – is – a profoundly humanizing and virtuous influence.  It’s antithesis is anything but.  Hundreds of thousands of men are now experiencing some of the disastrous consequences of that rejection.  It is a horrendous tragedy, and I will continue to pray for a great cultural conversion.

Remember to thank God when you pray! June 26, 2012

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It’s easy to get into the habit of just making a list of demands to God when we pray.  I have been in that mode personally in the past.  The Roman Catechism makes the following salutary recommendations regarding prayer:

It is His Will that, before we pray to be delivered from evil, we ask that the name of God be sanctified, that His Kingdom come, and that we give thanks for all the salutary benefits which He has so lovingly bestowed on us.  Yet there are those who, if there head or foot ache, or if they suffer loss of property, or if menaces or dangers threaten them……they omit all thought of thanks or glorifying God and ask only to be delivered from these evils. This practis is at variance with the command of Christ the Lord: Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt 6:33).   To pray, therefore, as we ought, we should have in view the greater glory of God, even when we ask deliverance from calamities, trials, and dangers.

We must keep in mind that there are some things which we commonly pray God to alleviate, but which are actually to our spiritual or even temporal advantage.  Such was the sting of the flesh to which the Apostle Paul was subjected in order that, by the aid of Divine Grace, power might be perfected in infirmity (2 Cor 12:17).  When the pious man learns the salutary influences of such things, far from praying for their removal, he rejoices in them exceedingly. We pray, therefore, against those evils only, which do not conduce to our spiritual interests; not against such as are profitable for our salvation.  [This is a hard one, and requires good spiritual guidance to discern.  There may be times when we have some temptation or problem that seems to us most onerous, but suffering through it is to our immense spiritual advantage.  As such, we should pray for the removal of all true imperfections, attachments, and definitely sins or tendencies towards sin, but for many other burdensome things we can pray that God remove them, but if He does not, we should accept them as His Will and suffer through them as joyfully as we can, rendering thanks to God for the opportunity to grow in virtue and Grace.  This is an easy thing to say, but can be quite difficult in practice.]

One of our primary prayers should be that God would remove all occasions of sin and iniquity.  We do not, however, pray to be delivered from these things which all look upon as evils, but also from those things which almost all consider to be good, such as riches, honors, health, strength, and even life itself; that is, we ask that these things not be detrimental or ruinous to the soul’s welfare.

We also beg God that we be not cut off by sudden death; that we provoke not His anger against us; that we be not condemned to suffer the punishments reserved for the wicked; that we be not sentenced to endure the fire of Purgatory, from which we piously and devoutly implore that others may be liberated.

The Blessed who reign with God in Heaven have been delivered by the Divine Assistance from all evil; but, as for us, although the Almighty delivers us from some evils, it is not His Will that, while journeying in this, our mortal pilgrimage, we should be entirely exempt from all.  [For, we must suffer in this life, we pray, as opposed to the next.]

[A final note……….] According to the interpretation of St. Basil the Great, St. Chrysostom, and St. Augustine, the devil is specially called the evil one, because he was the author of man’s transgression, that is, of his sin and iniquity, and also because God makes use of him as an instrument to chastise sinful and impious men.  For the evils which mankind endures in punishment of sin are appointed by God; and this is the meaning of these words of Holy Writ: Shall there be evil in a city which the Lord hath not done? (Amos 3:6), and I am the Lord and there is none else; I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil (Is 45:7).

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Just some thoughts on prayer, and deliverance from various “evils,” from Catholic thought of, say, a century ago.  All still applies today, although some may not like to think that, especially the final bit.