St Peter Damian: a saint for our times.
St Peter Damian from Santa Maria degli Angeli,
Florence – Wikipedia
God in his infinite wisdom and mercy will always provide us with a saint for our times. Whenever the one true and Holy Catholic faith is under pressure and facing overwhelming odds, a saint comes forth to proclaim the Gospel boldly and without compromise. And with the prominence of powerful homosexuals in the media and their nefarious influence on the clerical, the media, and political systems of today we should pray for a brave saint such as St Peter Damian.
In the eleventh century this saint stepped forward to fight pernicious homosexual corruption of society and in the clergy of the day. He was born in Ravenna Italy in AD1007 into a large family. One of his older brothers was a priest in Ravenna and when Peter was a young boy recognised his pious nature and intellectual potential. Therefore, he provided his brother with an excellent education. As Peter grew older he quickly rose in the academic ranks and excelled in his studies, but he chose a religious life rather than an academic one. He joined a Benedictine hermitage of the Reform of St Romuald at Fonte-Avellena. He loved the rigorous penances and solitude as practiced by St Romuald.
The Book of Gomorrah
St Peter Damian wrote the Book of Gomorrah in AD1049 as a warning against clerical homosexuality and pederasty. It may be shocking to some modern readers with the language he uses. He says that ‘all homosexual acts are crimes against Nature and therefore crimes against God who is the author of Nature’.
Homosexuals in the Church have caused great hurt to their victims, to the Church and to ordinary Catholics. Most of the child abuse in the Catholic Church has been caused by homosexual clergy. But like St Peter Damian our first concern must always be for the salvation of souls, we do not speak or pray on this matter out of malice for that would be sinful in its own right. No, it is out of charity and an understanding of where homosexuality leads. St Peter Damian calls it the ‘Befouling cancer of sodomy.’ He likens homosexuals seeking holy orders to the people of Sodom who threatened ‘to use violence against the upright Lot’.
Militant homosexuals such as those in Stonewall use the media to condemn Catholic teachings on homosexuality. At the same time they point the finger at child abuse in the Church, ignoring the fact that the vast majority of abusing clergy are homosexuals. In wider society too homosexuals make up a disproportionate number of child abusers. Is this not hypocrisy of the most despicable kind?
We are not homophobes
We who speak truthfully regarding homosexual acts are not homophobes! But we are if we fail to speak out – that is the only phobia we need to be concerned about, being afraid of militant homosexuals. With their child abuse, attacks on the Church, and their demands for ‘Gay’ marriage, homosexuality has become one of the most deadly evils facing society and the Catholic Church today. Please use all your spiritual combat skills to counter this wickedness.
St Peter Damian (far right) with saints Augustine,
Anne, and Elizabeth – Wikipedia
We are at War
At this very time we are at war and in the middle of a great battle, do not be silent or run away but step forward like St Peter Damian. The enemy are every active and they will use every trick in the book, their main weapon is the media.
The anti-Gospel of the media
Here in Shrewsbury we have a strong bishop who is speaking out for marriage and for families but he is being attacked and a few Catholics appear supporting the attackers. (Although I do not know who they are) For bishop Mark Davies continues to speak out against so called Gay marriage. But local groups are attacking him and demanding a meeting so that they can brow beat him and at the same time gain credibility and publicity. Even some of his own flock are not supporting him. They have been blinded by Lucifer’s noisy light box (the TV) that lives in every house hold like a little shrine to Satan. The people worship at this shrine every evening where they get their teachings on life, their views, and their beliefs.
Below is an example of the exchange of fire in the local press the Shrewsbury Cronicle:
First an attack on the bishop:
Enough of the excuses, it’s time to meet us
Open letter to the Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies – (The Chronicle 04/04/2013)
MEMBERS of Shropshire Marriage 4 All were in attendance on Sunday at the door to the Cathedral in Shrewsbury. We spoke with many of your congregation and it became clear to us that a significant number do not share your opposition to marriage being available to same sex couples...
CUT - The letter goes on to express so-called hurt the bishops teaching are causing to ‘Gays’ and to demand a meeting with him, at CUT we hope the bishop will not give them the publicity of a meeting. This letter may be copyright so just a quote. Below is a letter I managed to get printed this week. They did edit it a little:
Catholic bishop acting in a fatherly way
Here is my response to the first letter which The Chronicle printed on the 11th April, you may like to write in support or against the other printed above:
With reference to Peter Roscoe’s letter printed in The Chronicle of 04/04/2013, and as a Catholic and a member of Bishop Mark’s flock in Shrewsbury I would also like to write an open letter to him.
Members of your flock in Shrewsbury would like to thank you for speaking out for marriage as being only between a man and a woman. In this you are simply proclaiming a universal truth and a Christian teaching. It is clear that anything other than this is unworkable. Pope Francis puts it very succinctly when he says that ‘Gay’ marriage and ‘Gay’ adoption discriminates against children as it will legally deprive them of either a mother or a father.
Peter Roscoe’s letter to The Chronicle gives an anecdotal reference to a number of the Cathedral’s congregation who did not agree with your opposition to same-sex marriage. So I would like to assure you (and the readers of The Chronicle) that I have never met another member of your Shrewsbury flock who is in favour of ‘Gay’ marriage. I regularly attend Mass in Shrewsbury as well as meetings, talks and a prayer group. Although I have never met one there may be a few practising Catholics who support same-sex marriage, in doing this they go against the teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church. It is a sad fact that even Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples. Edited out by the Chronicle
Mr Roscoe’s letter goes on to express the hurt being done by headlines. So the media needs to be faithful and not sensational in relaying the words of you our bishop. But perhaps Mr Roscoe should understand that as a Bishop you are acting in a fatherly way. And with a father’s love guide those in your care through the many temptations of this aggressively secular world.
In conclusion I’m sure that there are many priests in the diocese who could find time to explain Catholic teaching on marriage to Mr Roscoe and his group, they do not need to demand that you attend them. Edited out by the Chronicle. And with reference to Mr Roscoe’s emotive use of the word hurt I would also like to point out the hurt being done to Catholics by the media in all its various forms by its continued attacks on our Church. However, I agree with Mr Roscoe in this, the people of Shropshire believe in fair play and led by their main media outlet The Chronicle the wise teachings of our bishop and your fatherly love will be authentically represented. – With prayers Stefano Mazzeo
Let your shield be the Gospel, your armour the teachings of the Catholic Church, your weapons prayer and the sacraments, your arrows letters and emails to the media - unleashed with prayer and love in defence of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.
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