By LifeSiteNews Paris correspondent Jeanne Smits
FRANCE, March 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A retired couple from the North-East of France received a prison sentence last week for having falsely accused a 71-year-old priest of sexual abuse.
Marie-Jeanne and Jean-Louis Martin of Baye-sur-Marne have been ordered to pay a fine of 500 euro each (the equivalent of $565 USD) and have also received a suspended prison sentence of three months for having mendaciously accused the priest, Father François-Jérôme Leroy, of having had sexual contact with four adolescent boys, in 10 separate letters sent to the judiciary and ecclesiastic authorities as well as associations for victims of pedophilia.
Compared with what the priest was to go through because of the slanderous accusation, the sentence handed down by the Châlons-en-Champagne court appears unreasonably lenient. In practice, the Martins have been let off with a modest fine – the maximum amount applicable for “slanderous denunciation” as false accusations are officially named in France, is of 45,000 euro, and five years imprisonment. Besides, they have appealed the sentence.
Fr Leroy himself was awarded damages of 1 euro, the symbolic minimum (1.13 US dollar), despite having been accused of a particularly disgusting crime.
The present climate of suspicion surrounding Catholic priests amid the sexual abuse crisis has created a situation where accusations are accepted and acted upon without question and deemed almost normal where clerics are concerned. In some cases, the innocent are paying for the sins of the guilty.
The affair itself is revealing of a new sort of presumption of guilt, brought in by a “zero-tolerance” attitude that leads church leaders to act against the priests for whom they bear responsibility without knowing whether they have actually done anything wrong.
In Fr. Leroy’s case, the price to pay was exceptionally heavy.
This homily is not specifically about that issue, which is the root of abortion. But you might loosen the issue 1 click, and ask, "When is the last time you heard a homily on abortion?"
January 22, 2016
It was outside an abortion business on Ethan Way by the California State Exposition, in the City of the Most Blessed Sacrament, on Thursday, October 30, 2014. The abortion business later closed. The hymn in the podcast, below the photos, was played during the Exposition.
1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.
2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture –
in the body and the blood.
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
4 At His feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Lord most high!”
One Thousand Good Books that Should Be the Foundation of Christian Cultural Renewal.
College is the place for GREAT Books, K-12 (& adulthood) is the place for GOOD Books.
Students who don’t study, first, the book of nature, and the good books, no matter how smart, will revert to a Cliff Notes interpretation of the arts & letters of Western Civilization.
Dr. James Taylor on the topic of using the Good Books and the Great Books as part of teaching literature (Circe Institute, 2003, 56 minutes)
Propaedeutics or propedeutics is an historical term for an introductory course into a discipline, that is an art, or science.
Trivium - grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Quadrivium - arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy.
The favorite song of these boys who’d been roughing it…by the end of camp…was a very melancholy Irish song….
(Margaret Berry, The Flower of Sweet Strabane – If I was king of Erin’s isle…)
John Senior’s 1,000 Good Books Enumerated
Here, I am more interested in someone who wants to begin, who does not know where to go. What I would hope is that these books, on reading them, will provide a solid but short “library,” if you will. – On Catholic Intelligence, Fr. James Schall
A Catholic Knight:
A Gentleman – A Man
- Who is Mature and Pious.
- Who is Willing to Make Sacrifices.
- Who is Courageous in the Face of Challenges and of evil.
- Who is Loyal to Those to Whom He Owes Services and Debts, and
- Who Would Rather Die Than Sin.
- He is Aware of a Hierarchy of Loves in His Life
- He strives always to keep his Divine Captain and his King on the throne of his heart, and
- He is willing to take on every task that his Lord sets him to.
- Seek Justice.
- Love Mercy.
- Walk Humbly with your God.
In the matter of the insoluble problem of Boko Haram, Father Calloway reported that our Blessed Lord Jesus appeared to Nigerian Bishop Oliver Doeme, holding a sword, Jesus said, three times, “Boko Haram is gone,” upon taking the sword, it mystically became a rosary.
The Roots of the Present Crisis
Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian thought and holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies at McGill University, Montreal; given in Rome, on April 22, 2017
It is not too much to speak of a crisis in the Church today, a crisis in several dimensions. There is a crisis of morality. There is a crisis of doctrine. There is a crisis of authority. There is a crisis of unity.
True, such crises are more common than some like to think. Perhaps the closest analog, however, comes from the sixteenth century. Half a millennium ago, the fathers of Trent had to defend the sacraments governing confession, communion, and conjugality from coordinated, if somewhat chaotic, attacks. The same three sacraments are threatened again today. They had to defend the Church’s unity and authority against the Protestant principle – against the inevitably divisive claim that the meaning of holy scripture could be determined independently of tradition and without accountability before the entire Church. That too is necessary today. They had to weed out persistent abuses both in the sacramental life and in the governance of the Church, while striving to recover a unified vision of Christian existence in which justification and sanctification, freedom and obedience, hold together. This also is urgently required in our own time.