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May the Holy Family join us "in God's war"

We have criticized Cardinal Bergoglio here before - not least because of his hostility towards the Traditional Mass -, but cannot fail to acknowledge this beautiful letter sent to the Carmelites of his diocese and made public this week, regarding the grave matter of the legal redefinition of marriage.

[Letter of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to the Carmelite Nuns of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (June 22, 2010)]

Dear Sisters,

I write this letter to each one of you in the four Monasteries of Buenos Aires. The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex.

The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy.

I recall words of Saint Thérèse when she speaks of the infirmity of her childhood. She says that the envy of the Devil tried to extort her family after her older sister joined the Carmel. Here, the envy of the Devil, through which sin entered the world, is also present, and deceitfully intends to destroy the image of God: man and woman, who receive the mandate to grow, multiply, and conquer the earth. Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a "move" of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.

Jesus tells us that, in order to defend us from this lying accuser, he will send us the Spirit of Truth. Today, the Nation [patria], before this situation, needs the special assistance of the Holy Ghost that may place the light of Truth amid the shadows of error; it needs this Advocate who may defend us from the enchantment of so many sophisms with which this bill is being justified, and which confuse and deceive even people of good will.

That is why I turn to you and ask from you prayer and sacrifice, the two invincible weapons which Saint Thérèse confessed to have. Cry out to the Lord that he may send his Spirit to the Senators who are to place their votes. That they may not do it moved by error or by circumstantial matters, but rather according to what the natural law and the law of God tell them. Pray for them, for their families; that the Lord may visit, strengthen, and console them. Pray that they may do great good for the Nation.

This bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Let us look towards Saint Joseph, to Mary, the Child, and let us ask with fervor that they will defend the Argentine family in this moment. Let us recall what God himself told his people in a time of great anguish: "this war is not yours, but God's". That they may succour, defend, and accompany us in this war of God.

Thank you for what you will do in this struggle for the Nation. And, please, I beg you, pray for me also. May Jesus bless you, and may the Blessed Virgin protect you.


Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio s.j., Archbishop of Buenos Aires
The first results of the prayers of millions of Argentinians could be seen this week as a Senate committee voted down the bill approved by the Lower house, despite the intense pressure of the President, her husband and former President, and her government in favor of its approval [several news sources]. However, the matter is not yet over - the full Senate could still approve the bill this month.
[Source - in Spanish; tip: reader]


  1. Agnes of Prague12:29 AM

    Praised be Jesus and Mary! What an appropriate move by the Cardinal. God bless the Carmelites. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Anonymous1:27 AM

    What a beatiful example of clarity from a prince of the Church.

    "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places".
    Ephesians 6:12

  3. Exactly. Praise be Jesus and Mary. Go here for greater Truth.

  4. majella9:46 AM

    Praise God...Ora Pro Nobis

  5. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Our Lady of Lujan, pray for the Argentine nation

    St Joseph, protect the Argentine Family

    Pray that the Argentine family and all families of the world be conformed to the Holy Family.

  6. Ah! my brother, you are mistaken, you are mistaken, if you suppose that there is ever a time when the Christian does not suffer persecution. Then are you most hardly beset when you know not that you are beset at all. “Our
    adversary as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour,” and do you think of
    peace? “He sitteth in the lurking-places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the
    innocent; his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he
    lieth in wait to catch the poor;” and do you slumber under a shady tree, so as to fall an easy prey?-- Saint Jerome, Letter to Heliodorus

  7. Anonymous6:56 AM

    Bergoglio is a cynic. He is doing this only because he knows that in this days he is under special scrutiny from Rome. As a citizen of Buenos Aires I can assure you this letter is just another hypocresy of Bergoglio, the great demolisher of the Church in Argentina.

  8. J.G.Ratkaj9:04 AM

    Anonymous 06:56, of course you are right. It's all smoke and mirrors of a great hypocrite. Not worth a straw.


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