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Fr. Marc Vernoy: A Crisis of Fatherhood

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On August 29th, Fr. Marc Vernoy wrote an open letter to the priests and Bishops in the state of Florida. In this video Father Vernoy discusses why he wrote the letter, and explains why he believes a crisis in Fatherhood is one of the key reasons the Catholic Church and society at large is suffering so terribly today. Below is the transcript of our short interview.


I finished a letter that I sent to the Floridian priests after all the scandals, especially in the United States, regarding the abuse crisis. I finished this letter on August 29th, the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, who offered his life for the sanctity of marriage, family, society. And the crisis is attacking the sanctity of the Church. It’s absolutely terrible.

This letter was sent… I received several answers, especially from bishops. Very positive answers. Bishops from Florida. Priests also. I had conversations on the phone. I had contact via email. I think it was quite fruitful, and I hope it helps many priests, because this letter… I had to write it. There was no option in my heart.

I think many priests today are suffering in their hearts. Bleeding. It’s bleeding. We suffer deeply for all these victims. Children, but also young adults and even adults. Victims of homosexual predators. We suffer for Holy Mother the Church. She is devastated. Her beauty, her dignity is attacked. Deeply attacked. We suffer for all you faithful priests, who are also victims of this terrible crisis. We suffer for all these many scandalized souls. Faithful, who are in doubt, or people who are on their journey to the Catholic Church, and their journey to the Mystical Body of Christ, who stopped their journey because of all these scandals. Our heart is bleeding.

It’s bleeding also because many have lost hope, because they have no more vision. Many have lost peace, because of this great confusion. We are living in evil times, and in evil times there is always a grace to take. A great grace. Our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared a great grace for all of us. Absolutely all of us. A grace of enlightenment that will guide us to holiness. But, we need to know first, we need to know the very deep reasons of all these scandals. The very deep reasons of today’s disaster. And the real cause is in the crisis of fatherhood. The vanishing of father hood. Especially since the 60s. It affected the whole society. It affected the whole Catholic Church, especially in the western world. It affected our families. It’s affecting our business. Its affecting everything. Fathers disappeared.

A lot of men, they don’t want to have any responsibility. Then, they give up their fatherhood, and giving up their fatherhood they also give up their masculinity. It’s just a consequence of not willing to be a father… of not fulfilling your own identity, your own being.

The crisis in the Church then is a crisis of fatherhood, and we know all the consequences today. We have this abuse crisis, we have this crisis of the spreading of homosexuality with is a consequence of the absence of the father. We have as a consequence also… we have lost any kind of trust, any kind of confidence. Everything is falling apart and there is no more unity in the body, because the head is not accountable.

The answer to the crisis, I gave in the letter some directions, but I think the very deep thing is really to be a father. A real father, with a fatherly heart. A paternal heart. We need to practice a loving authority. We need to give to our people, to our children the vision. The big picture that God wants us to give to all people. And this will give hope. This will give peace and joy, and the Church will recover. And we will work hard, and faithfully, and with great hope for the reformation, the needed reformation, of our church. You can still read this letter on our website: www.sspxflorida.com and also if you have any questions we are available and you can contact us via email.

Sunday Sermon: Motherhood In God - Mother's Day 2018

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In this sermon, Father Robinson discusses Motherhood, in relation to our Divine Mother, and the parents duty to properly raise and educate their children.

In 1994 the Swiss carried out a survey to determine whether a person’s religion carried through to the next generation, and if so, why, or if not, why not. They found that the religious practice of the father of the family determines the future church attendance or non-attendance of the children.

If both father and mother attend regularly, 33% of their children will end up as regular churchgoers, and 41% will end up attending irregularly. Only a 1/4 of their children will end up not practicing at all. If the father is irregular and mother regular, only 3% of the children will subsequently become regulars themselves, while a further 59% will become irregulars. 38% will be lost. If the father is non-practicing and mother regular, only 2% of children will become regular worshippers, and 37% will attend irregularly. Over 60% of their children will be lost completely to the church.

What is most startling is when the father is regular but the mother irregular the percentage of children becoming regular goes up from 33% to 38%! When the father is regular but the mother non-practicing their children's regular attendance goes up further still, to 44%!

Catholic Catechism: Are Some Sins More Severe Than Others?

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In this Catholic Catechism class, Father reviews what we have learned in previous classes. Namely, whether virtue can exist in a soul where mortal sin is present, the distinction between Natural Virtues and Supernatural Virtues, the Formed Virtues (With Charity) and the Informed Virtues (Without Charity).

After this brief review, father continues with our study of the Summa Theologica with Question 73: On The Comparison of one sin to another.

The Question discussed can be found at: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2073.htm

At 27:00, Father discusses how Catholics should deal with homosexuality and homosexual persons (people suffering from same-sex attraction). Father lays out a charitable way of leading these individuals to the life of grace.

Catholic Catechism: Distinguishing Types of Sins

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In this Catechism lesson from the late 1980's, Father teaches us about the different kinds of sin according to the method of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Father covers the differences between Venial and Mortal sins, sins of the Flesh and sins of the Spirit, what constitutes a Mortal sin, the sins of the Angels and much more.

This catechism follows very closely Question 72 in the First Part of the Second Part of the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Question 72 specifically asks the following questions:

  • Whether sins differ in species according to their objects?
  • Whether spiritual sins are fittingly distinguished from carnal sins?
  • Whether sins differ specifically in reference to their causes?
  • Whether sin is fittingly divided into sin against God, against oneself, and against one's neighbor?
  • Whether the division of sins according to their debt of punishment diversifies their species?
  • Whether sins of commission and omission differ specifically?
  • Whether sins are fittingly divided into sins of thought, word, and deed?
  • Whether excess and deficiency diversify the species of sins?
  • Whether sins differ specifically in respect of different circumstances?

The question from the Summa Theologica being discussed here can be found online, here: http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2072.htm

Fr. John O'Connor: The Marxist Destruction of Western Civilization

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In this talk, Fr. John O'Connor O.P. lays out the destruction, subversion and infiltration of Western Governments by revolutionary Marxists and communists.

Father O'Connor discusses the foundation of the Federal Reserve, the destructive power of usury, and the takeover of our government by Radical Leftists.

Father John O’Conner was a Dominican priest, born in Chicago in 1929. He studied at Notre Dame University and joined the Order of Preachers in 1949. He obtained degrees in philosophy and theology, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in San Francisco in 1955. He taught in Catholic colleges in Madison, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas from 1955 to 1966. He was associate pastor in New Orleans from 1966-1969, and since then, as a Dominican preacher, he has travelled over 300,000 miles over the United States and Canada giving missions and retreats to the laity.

Fr. John O'Connor: The Marxist Subversion of the Catholic Church

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In this talk, Fr. John O'Connor O.P. lays out the destruction, subversion and infiltration of the Catholic Church by revolutionary Marxists and communists as well as Homosexuals.

Father O'Connor shares his experience as a seminarian, and a priest seeing the hierarchy of the church being taken over by "Gay" Sodomite priests, and his prophetic words ring more true today then they ever have. This talk, which was given in the early 90's, explains how we now have a Pope, who stands by while homosexual couples are blessed, who denies the existence of hell, and who supports communist and marxist ideals within society.

Father O'Connor also exposes the Radical Left-Wing agenda of the subverted, post Vatican II Church, showing how Communist leaders such as Bella Dodd, sent these leftists into our Catholic seminaries, which has brought about an almost near destruction of the Church in the West.

Father John O’Conner was a Dominican priest, born in Chicago in 1929. He studied at Notre Dame University and joined the Order of Preachers in 1949. He obtained degrees in philosophy and theology, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in San Francisco in 1955. He taught in Catholic colleges in Madison, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas from 1955 to 1966. He was associate pastor in New Orleans from 1966-1969, and since then, as a Dominican preacher, he has travelled over 300,000 miles over the United States and Canada giving missions and retreats to the laity.

Michael Davies: The Traditionalist Movement - Yesterday And Today

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At the Roman Forum in 1988, renowned Catholic author, and advocate for Traditionalism, Michael Davies discusses the state of the Catholic Church, and outlines the destruction caused by Vatican II.

Bishop Tissier: On Marriage and The Family - 1992

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This is an INCREDIBLE and previously un-published talk of Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais given in Ridgefield Connecticut on July 10, 1992 about the Christian Family and Education.

Since the family is the basic building block of society, without strong families, we will not have strong societies. 

The good Bishop speaks of the great Islamic Replacement happening in Western Countries (and many years before this became a main-stream talking point) and warns that if Christians do not have big families, we will lose our societies. 

Here are some notable quotations:

2:30 And so what the Conciliar Church no longer wants, and what the Conciliar Church has excommunicated, is not only the true bishops and the true priests, it is not only the Mass of Tradition, but it is all the bastions of the Catholic Faith.  I quote only the words of Cardinal Ratzinger… Several years ago Cardinal Ratzinger said with Hans Urs Von Balthazar, a heretical theologian, “we must say the must urgent thing today is the demolition of the bastions” he said. A cardinal. “The dismantling of the bastions”. And what are these bastions, the bastions of the catholic faith? The bastions of Catholicism? They are the Catholic Family, Catholic Schools, Catholic Churches, Catholic Mass, Catholic Catechisms, Catholic Civil Laws, Catholic Governments, and finally Catholic States. On the contrary, we are for these bastions. It is a mission of the priestly society of Saint Pius the X, to rebuild these bastions of the Catholic Faith. To rebuild these destroyed bastions of the Catholic Faith. And we have begun with the Catholic Mass and the Priesthood 22, 23 years ago in Switzerland with Archbishop LeFebvre. We have continued with our chapels, seminaries naturally, with our priories, because the priests must live a life of community… But this work would be totally useless if it is not continued with catholic families and catholic schools.

11:45 The Catholic Family is normally, if god allows it, permits it, the large family. A family with many children. Christian England, Christian France, Christian America, must not die for want of children. Must not die Islamized, oh yes. This is a great danger in France especially, and also in your country (America) to die Islamized. Because the only families with many children are Traditionalist families, and Islamic families. It is so in France. And so the Conciliar race is an endangered species. Deo Gratias, I would say. But it is dangerous, the Islamic people are very many, naturally. So only Tradition, only strong convictions are fruitful.

It is a fact that demonstrate it. Liberalism, Conciliarism, lead to sterility. They are sterile. The fruits of Vatican II, it is childless families, dead families. And especially the root of the problem is the new conception of marriage given by Vatican II. It is in Vatican II!

35:34 It is very sad to see the new type of christian family. Husband, wife, a boy and a girl. It is the typical family. A typical modern family. Television everywhere, with the advertising. A husband a wife, and a boy and a girl. It is false! Once I was driving my car and before me was another car. On the front seat was Mr. DuPont and Mrs. DuPont, you know, and on the back seat, was the dog. The model of the new Christian family. Of the Conciliar family. Mr., Mrs., and the dog. What an awful idea of marriage.

39:14 People marry, and especially in the Conciliar families, and also in the non-Catholic families, people marry and say “we will have two children, and only two children!” And if they say this, with a real will of doing so, this marriage is invalid. Invalid. They have no right to limit the number of their children. To limit so rigorously without any grave reason, makes this invalid.

40:05 …Even if we must be criticized, be mocked, be laughed at in the streets… “What is this family with 7, 10, 15 children? How ridiculous! What a scandal!” Even if we must be pointed out and called insane and mad by these grave diggers of marriage and family.

41:20 Homosexuality and Civil Unions…

48:00 With Vatican II and the [doctrine of] religious liberty; “with all false religions” said Archbishop LeFebvre, “bring with themselves immorality”. In the Islamic religion, it is well known that one husband can have up to 5 wives. It is allowed. And also, protestant denominations do not recognize the indissolubility of marriage. Many people who are our “separated brethren” say “we get married, but if it does not work, we have the possibility of divorce.” It is this saying that makes of this marriage, and invalid marriage also. Invalid. To marry with the idea of divorcing if it doesn’t work. It is invalid. So dear friends, let’s have the true idea of marriage. And let us react against these awful dangers that threaten the Christian marriage. Let us fight against these grave diggers of marriage. 

50:28 Catholic People need Catholic laws, and Catholic government. And here in America, why could that not be the case? In some states in America, there is almost a majority of Catholics. Why could it not exist a catholic state? And Catholic laws, that is laws which encourage the religion, marriage, the family, schools. Yes? We must fight for this ideal of the Catholic State. The reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the political life. In the social life. You must understand, our lord must not reign only in the churches and in the sacristies, no. He must reign everywhere. In society, in the politics, through our laws which correspond to the gospel. This is normal. It is our fight. Our Catholic Fight.