“I wish to repeat my appeal to my brother bishops and priests… You too are faced with a choice. You can choose to withdraw from the battle, to prop-up the conspiracy of silence and avert your eyes from the spreading of corruption. You can make excuses, compromises and justification that put off the day of reckoning… On the other hand, you can choose to speak. You can trust Him who told us, ‘the truth will set you free…’ I urge you to consider which choice — on your deathbed, and then before the just Judge — you will not regret having made.”
Today, perhaps as never before in the history of the Catholic Church, Christians are faced with a demonic assault on faith and family that knows no bounds. First and foremost, this is a spiritual battle that requires the use of spiritual weapons. As Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13)
Today’s Church has become severely weakened by the compromises she has made with secular society in the vain attempt to become ‘more relevant’ to the modern world. As a result, we have lost many of the spiritual weapons and practices that historically protected the laity and the Church from the powers of darkness. Our Lady has repeatedly warned us of the chastisements we will face if we failed to follow her instructions.
We the Catholic faithful humbly, yet desperately, appeal to our good shepherds to act now to restore the spiritual weapons with which we might protect ourselves and our children from eternal damnation. Below is a battle plan for good shepherds which we entreat them to consider in order to strengthen the Catholic fortifications against the powers of darkness and help their flocks prevail in the battle for everlasting salvation.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
The Good Shepherd Battle Plan
Publicly disclose the names of all clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse within your diocese.
Establish a Promoter of Justice within the diocese responsible for the investigation of all sexual abuse.
Call for all consecrated celibates within your diocese to publicly reaffirm their vow of chastity.
Remove clergy with demonstrated homosexual behaviors from public ministry.
Rid diocesan seminaries and schools of manifest public dissenters of Catholic teaching.
Issue a Pastoral Letter reiterating Church teaching on Human Sexuality, including Chastity, Contraception, Abortion, Homosexuality and Gender Ideology.
Schedule days on the diocesan calendar in which pastors will preach on these topics each year.
Restore the Prayer to St. Michael after every Mass.
Require diocesan priests to routinely warn the laity at Mass about the mortal sin of the unworthy reception of Holy Communion, a sacrilege condemned by Christ himself.
Require parishes to offer the Sacrament of Confession at least three times each week and to strongly encourage the laity to receive the Sacrament at least once each month.
Restore respect for the Most Holy Eucharist by requesting that Communion to be distributed only by Priests and Deacons, on the tongue, while kneeling (Intinction may be a way of achieving this objective).
Request that Communion rails be re-installed to remind Catholics to never take for granted the awesome gift of Christ in the Eucharist.
Enforce Canon 915 at all diocesan parishes, withholding Holy Communion from those who obstinately persist in the public manifestation of grave sin.
Request renewal of the practice of fasting on Wednesdays, Fridays and at least 3 hours before Communion – as Christ himself taught, some evil spirits cannot be defeated without both prayer and fasting.
Restore sacred music in the Mass, including polyphony, Gregorian chant, Latin Sanctus and Agnus Dei.
Promote daily devotion to praying the Rosary, as called for by Our Lady of Fatima.
Encourage parishes to establish monthly first Saturday Rosary devotions, as called for by Our Lady of Fatima.
Defend priests who teach the truths of the Catholic faith when attacked by dissenters.
Where there are no Catholic schools available, encourage and support parents willing to home-school their children or establish parish co-ops.
Restore Lectionary scripture passages that have been omitted because they were deemed to be “difficult”.
Contact Your Local Bishop
For additional impact, use the directory below to contact your local diocesan bishop and respectfully ask him to help strengthen the Church in this spiritual battle by implementing the steps outlined in the Battle Plan.