Friday, 31 August 2018

How a True Pope Dealt with Vice

I like the way this lady's mind works, and I like even more the way St Pius V's mind worked. My spiritual director, Fr Matt Horvat, to whom be Memory Eternal, once told me that, whilst it was probably a violation of Christian charity, these men should be put up against a wall and shot.

From The Thinking Housewife

FOUR HUNDRED and fifty years ago yesterday, Pope St. Pius V decreed in his bull Horrendum illud scelus that any cleric caught in the crime of homosexual acts should be turned over to civil authorities to be put to death:
That horrible crime, by which corrupt and obscene cities were destroyed by fire through divine condemnation, causes us most bitter sorrow and shocks our mind, impelling us to repress such a crime with the greatest possible zeal.
§ 1. Quite opportunely the Fifth Lateran Council [1512-1517] issued this decree: “Let any member of the clergy caught in that vice against nature, given that the wrath of God falls over the sons of perfidy, be removed from the clerical order or forced to do penance in a monastery” (chap. 4, X, V, 31).
§ 2. So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.
§ 3. Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefice, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss.
The death penalty is the appropriate punishment for any priest caught in the crime of abuse or seduction of minors.

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