“If Paul VI, a great man, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape”, then …

About Blessed Marie-Clémentine Anuarite Nengapeta (c. December 29, 1939 – December 1, 1964)

Blessed Marie-Clémentine Anuarite Nengapeta

Blessed Anuarite was a member of the Holy Family Sisters in then Belgian Congo today Congo DR. She became a martyr about the age of 25 when she was killed during the anarchy that followed Congo’s Mulele rebellion led by Simba rebels, in 1964.

It was in November 1964 when postulants, novices and religious sisters at Bafwabaka convent were taken to Isiro under the guise of protecting them. While in Isiro, Blessed Anuarite was singled out by one of the Simba leaders, Colonel Ngalo. He tried to persuade Anuarite to become his wife but she refused him. Colonel Pierre Olombe then offered to persuade Anuarite, on behalf of Ngalo but then decided he wanted her for himself and tried to rape her. Blessed Anuarite fiercely resisted Olombe telling him she preferred to die rather than commit sin. She was badly battered and in a fit of rage Olombe ordered some Simba fighters to stab Anuarite with their bayonets. Olombe is then said to have shot Anuarite in the chest.

Born Nengapeta sometime before the year 1941, Blessed Anuarite was baptised as Alphonsine. She was baptised together with her mother and some of her sisters in 1943. Anuarite was actually her sister’s name and became hers only through a clerical error. A Belgian sister who accepted her when she was presented for registration in order that she starts primary school, wrote her down as Alphonsine Anuarite. When she became a sister at the Holy Family convent, in 1959, she took the name of Sr. Marie-Clementine.

Blessed Anuarite lived most of her religious life in Bafwabaka area in the north eastern part of Congo DR. During her life as a religious sister, Sr. Marie-Clementine was known for her zeal in serving others and working hard to improve the lot of those under her care.

Since Blessed Anuarite died in 1964, this year marks fifty years from the time of her martyrdom and the Church in Congo has been commemorating the Jubilee year of Blessed Anuarite with various spiritual activities. According to Fr. Santedi, the secretary general at the Congolese episcopal conference, the Congolese Bishops see Blessed Anuarite as a role model who can inspire both Catholics and non-Catholics in Congo DR. They regard her as an example of a woman who, if emulated, can restore reconciliation and honour to Congo DR’s tainted image of violence against women and of endless civil wars. During her beatification on 15 August 1985 (Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in then Zaire, Saint Pope John Paul II likened her act of forgiving her aggressor before she died to that of Christ. Before succumbing to the blows of her killer, Blessed Anuarite had the strength to turn to him and say, “I forgive you because you do not know what you are doing.”

If Paul VI, a great man, in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted nuns to use contraceptives in cases of rape”, then …

A. The permission never reached Blessed Marie-Clémentine in time.

B. The Simba fighters did not allow the permission to get to Blessed Marie-Clémentine.

C. Permission was not for native religious.

D. Permission was only for nuns and not for religious sisters.

E. Blessed Marie-Clémentine was being more Catholic than the Pope.

F. What kind of a father was Paul the VI if good fathers will not give permission to their precious daughters to use contraception when in danger of rape? And what kind of a father is Pope Francis to propose him in this manner?

G. This young maiden Blessed Marie-Clémentine,  running to the odour of the ointments of the Queen of all the virgin choir, loved her Queen and Lady exceedingly.

H. Blessed Marie-Clémentine was madly in love with and faithful to her LORD and Spouse and wishing to preserve her honor for him, imitated those who had gone before her like SS. Maria Goretti, Agnes, Agatha, and Lucy.


Bl.  Marie-Clémentine and SS. Maria Goretti, Agnes, Agatha, and Lucy.
Pray for the Pope and pray for us.


Since it is lawful to take life in the legitimate defense of one’s material goods, it is evidently also lawful to do so in defense of chastity which is a good of a much higher order. With regard to honor or reputation, it is not lawful to kill one to prevent an insult or an attack upon our reputation which we believe he intends, or threatens. Nor may we take a life to avenge an insult already offered. The proceeding would not be defense of our honor or reputation, but revenge. Besides, in the general estimation honor and reputation may be sufficiently protected without taking the life of the offender. – Catholic Encyclopedia > Self-Defense > Honor

This is Religion! to ‘Dear Catholic World: Why do YOU Remain a Catholic?’

One reason, because, ‘This is Religion’.

[In] the catholic Church … I recognized at once a reality which was quite a new thing with me. Then I was sensible that I was not making myself a Church by an effort of thought; I needed not to make an act of faith in her; I had not painfully to force myself into a position, but my mind fell back upon itself in relaxation and in peace, and I gazed at her almost passively as a great objective fact. I looked at her; at her rites, her ceremonial, and her precepts; and I said, ‘This is a religion’.
Cardinal Newman’s reaction on becoming a catholic, Apologia pro Vita Sua 339-40

Easter Vigil at St William of York_Reading - by Joseph Shaw
Easter Vigil at St William of York, Reading, by Joseph Shaw.

“John Chrysostom – Easter Sermon (Paschal Homily)”

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Descen into Hadies – Fr. Andrew Tregubov

 – Source: Fr. Andrew Tregubov Portfolio | Icons and Wall-Paintings

“John Chrysostom – Easter Sermon (Paschal Homily)” preached by Fr. Rhone Lillard, FSSP on Saturday, Easter Vigil 4/4/15, 6 pm: Sacred Heart Chapel, Easter Vigil Mass.
A fine statement of faith in Christ’s resurrection, often heard at Easter (Pascha) in Orthodox Churches

Devout and God-loving people, enjoy this kind and bright festival. Wise people, come and share joy with your Lord. You who have laboured in fasting, receive your deserved reward.

You who have laboured from the first hour, come to the festival now! You who came at the third hour, rejoice! You who lingered until the sixth hour, celebrate! You who came at the ninth hour, do not be sad! You who managed to come only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed by your lateness. No-one will be deprived of heavenly joy.

For our Lord is generous. He welcomes those who come last in the same way as those who come first. He is grateful to the first and rejoices in the last. He consoles those who came at the last hour, as if they had laboured from the first hour. He gives to everyone: those who laboured and those who wanted to labour. He receives the service and kisses the intention.

He values the deed and praises the desire. All of you enter into the joy of the Lord: First and last, receive the reward! Wealthy and poor, rejoice with one another! Diligent and lazy, celebrate the festival! Those who have fasted and those who have not, be glad together.

The feast is abundant, eat your fill! All of you enjoy the wealthy banquet of the faith and mercy of God. Let no-one go away hungry or offended. Let no-one be sad about their poverty, for the kingdom is now here for everyone.

Let no-one weep over their sins, for forgiveness for all has burst with light from the grave. Let no-one be afraid of death, for the death of Jesus has freed us all.

Embraced by death, He subdued death. Having descended into hell, He took hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of his flesh.

Isaiah prophesied: “Hell was troubled, having met You in the underworld!” Hell was in mourning, for it was abolished! Hell was distressed, for it was condemned! Hell was impoverished, for it was deposed! Hell was destroyed, for it was bound!

It took on a body, and touched God. It took on the earth, and met heaven. It took what it saw, and fell to where it did not expect! Death! Where is your sting? Hell! Where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are brought down. Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life triumphs. Christ is risen, and there are no dead in the grave. Christ has risen from the dead, become the firstborn of those who sleep and set into motion the resurrection of all. To Him be glory now and forever. Amen! – Source: http://www.earlychurchtexts.com/public/john_chrysostom_easter_sermon.htm

The Paschal homily or sermon (also known in Greek as Hieratikon or as the Catechetical Homily) of St John Chrysostom (d. 407 CE) is read aloud on the morning of Pascha (a.k.a. “Easter” in the West), called “the Great and Holy Pascha of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite. According to the Tradition of the Church, no one sits during the reading of the Paschal homily. Portions of it are often done with the interactive participation of the congregation. – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Homily.

Cf. The Paschal Sermon | oca.org.


Cf. Easter Homily by St. John Chrysostom | EWTN

The United States of America flawed from its inception

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If [THEY] THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty [for themselves] and [their] Posterity, [in] ordaining and establish[ing] [the] Constitution for the United States of America and subsequently amending it with the Bill of Rights

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got wrong What True Religious Freedom is, the duty of man due in justice and love to his God and Maker deriving from the first commandment1:

The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. – Cf. Mk 12:29-31 (RSVCE)

Then the United States of America is foundationally flawed.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

It is a matter of time …


1. [It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. – Cf. Prefaces from the Roman Missal]

What Is True Religious Freedom?

Archbishop Charles Chaput: What Is True Religious Freedom? By Joan Frawley Desmond, 03/18/2015 | NCR

I am afraid that this article has failed to articulate what True Religious Freedom is. It is:

The oath the LORD our God swore to our Father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him – in Spirit and in Truth [cf. Jn 4:23-24 (RSVCE)] – without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. – cf. Canticle of Zechariah. [see also Benedictus | Canticles | liturgies.net].

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It is not:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[.]

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This comment should … manifest the error of U.S. Constitution – Amendment 1.
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The action required of the State in True Freedom of Religion is to foster [and not hinder] the Catholic Faith and to allow all her citizens free access to it.

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