I figured since we're pelegians and I smoke I better do some good today. I put this here because it's close enough to the subject for this forum and it'll be noticed more.
I'm joking gang about the pelegian and smoker stuff. It's 3 hours so make a few sammys and popcorn, and for those heathens buy some snickers, the Catholics and Padre Pio eat Milky Ways. Oh and the movie forgot to cover how much Padre Pio liked American Beer and Cigarettes. He let the American soldiers serve his Mass and they brought him both from the US Air Field. They spent the Sunday afternoons with him.
Hi Tim -
Thanks for posting this very interesting movie!
Your mention of the American soldiers jogged my memory of something I had read many years ago. Because it was so long ago, I no longer remember where I read this.
In summary: Apparently a squadron of American airplanes had been ordered to bomb the Monastery where Padre Pio lived because it was thought to have some of the enemy forces in it.
Either one or several pilots of these bombers, as they came closer to the Monastery, saw a Franciscan Monk in the sky with his right hand held up in what would normally indicate "stop".
The pilot(s) that saw this understood the message was not to bomb their target - this Monastery. Some time later the pilot(s) visited this same Monastery which they had not bombed and, from a "lineup" of Monks, Padre Pio was the one who was recognized saying "stop" with his hand.
Here are a few other random items of possible interest which some people might not know about Padre Pio.
Sometime during February of 1965, Padre Pio was told that very soon he would be required to Offer Mass using an experimental
rite in the vernacular which had been made up by the Consilium
of Synod Vatican 2 to change the Mass. It was later called the “Consilium ad exequdam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia” - Consilium for implementing the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy - after this Vatican 2 Constitution was endorsed by Pope Paul 6.
The members of this Consilium were “assisted” by some “periti” (experts) who were “advisors” to the Bishops, along with the “input” of a number of Protestant Ministers who were “consultants” - this was before the NEW “mass” began being used on the first Sunday of Advent in 1969.
“They [the six Protestant ministers] are not simply there as ‘observers’, but as ‘consultants’ as well, and they participate fully in the discussions on Catholic liturgical renewal. It wouldn’t mean much if they just listened, but they contributed” (William Wakefield Cardinal Baum [b. at Dallas, Texas on Sunday, November 21, 1926 - d. ? ], the executive director of the American Catholic Bishop’s Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, “The Detroit News”, June 27, 1967).
Canon Ronald Jasper, in a letter dated February 10, 1977, explained that the Protestant Observers received all the documents from the drafters of the New Rite in the same way as did other members of the Consilium.
They were also present at the debates during the formal meetings
when the experts - “periti” - debated. The Protestant Observers were not permitted to join in these debates. But in the afternoons they always had informal meetings
with the “periti” - experts - who had prepared the drafts.
At such meetings they were allowed to criticize and to comment on and to make suggestions. Then it was up to the “periti” to decide whether any of their points were worth taking up during the formal meetings. These informal meetings
were a complete free-for-all, and there was a very frank exchange of views.
Padre Pio was told that the reason for this “experimental mass” what that it had been made up in order to respond to the aspirations of modern man.
But Padre Pio, before he even saw the text, immediately wrote to Pope Paul VI to ask him to be dispensed from this liturgical experiment and to be able to continue to Offer the Mass using the Missale
he had always used.
Of course, this “dispensation” was not necessary, because in his Papal Bulla, Pope Saint Pius V had specifically stated, among other things:
“We specifically command each and every Patriarch, administrator and all other persons of whatsoever ecclesiastical dignity, be they even Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church or possessed of any other rank or preeminence, and We order them by virtue of holy obedience to sing or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herein laid down by Us.... and not to presume in celebrating Mass to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal.
“Furthermore, by these presents and by virtue of Our Apostolic authority We give and grant in perpetuity that for the singing or reading of Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal must be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, judgment or censure, and may be freely and lawfully used.
“We likewise order and declare that no one whosoever shall be forced or coerced into altering this Missal and that this present Constitution can never be revoked or modified, but shall forever remain valid and have the force of law, notwithstanding previous constitutions or edicts of provincial or synodal councils, and notwithstanding the usage of the churches aforesaid, established by very long and even immemorial prescription, saving only usage of more than 200 years....” (Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572], Papal Bulla “Quo Primum Tempore”, Tuesday, July 14, 1570, printed at the very beginning of the “Missale Romanum”; emphasis added.)
When Cardinal Bacci came to see him in order to bring the unnecessary authorization from the Pope, Padre Pio told the Cardinal:
“For pity sake, end the Council quickly.”
Padre Pio, during the conciliar euphoria of 1965, which pledged a “new springtime” in the Church, is said to have told one of his Brother Monks:
“In this time of darkness, let us pray. Let us do penance for the elect, and especially for the one who has to be their shepherd here below”.
During his life it is said that Padre Pio sacrificed himself for whoever was the reigning pope at the time, and whose photograph was among the rare pictures on the walls of his own cell.
Padre Pio was visited by the Father General of the Franciscan Order in 1966 who was on his way to Rome to preside over a special meeting, a.k.a. “Chapter”, in order to “update” the Constitutions of the Franciscan Order.
During this meeting with Padre Pio in the Monastery Cloister, the Franciscan Father General told Padre Pio the reason for his visit:
“Padre, I came to recommend to your prayers the Special Chapter for the New Constitutions...”
Instantly, after Father General had uttered “Special Chapter for the New Constitutions...”, Padre Pio is said to have made a violent gesture as he shouted:
“That is all nothing but destructive nonsense!”
Father General responded:
“But Padre, after all, there is the younger generation to take into account... the youth evolve after their own fashion... there are new demands...” (emphasis added.)
N.B. Note the use of the word evolve which is indicative of the Modernist heresy of evolution condemned by Pope Saint Pius X.
Padre Pio responded:
“The only thing missing is mind and heart, that is all, understanding and love.”
As Padre Pio began to walk away from Father General, towards his cell, he turned around, half-way, and, pointing his finger at Father General, Padre Pio said:
“We must not denature ourselves, we must not denature ourselves! At the Lord’s judgment, Saint Francis will not recognize us as his sons!”
So, Father General left with those words ringing in his ears!
Some time later, some of his Brother Franciscans were discussing some of the problems of the Franciscan Order with the Father Definitor General who is the special counselor or adviser to the Father General of a Religious Order or of a Religious Congregation.
During this discussion, Padre Pio, shocked by what he was hearing, yelled:
“What in the world are you up to in Rome? What are you scheming? You even want to change the Rule of Saint Francis!”
Father Definitor General replied:
“Padre, changes are being proposed because the youth do not want to have anything to do with the Tonsure, the Habit, the bare feet....”; (emphasis added.)
In 1966, Padre Pio described the then prevailing social and political turmoil calling it:
“the confusion of ideas and the reign of thieves.”Padre Pio prophesied that the Communists would come to power:
“by surprise, without firing a shot... It will happen overnight.”; (emphasis added.)Why?
Because, according to Padre Pio: Catholics continue to ignore the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.
Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to read this!
God Bless You!
A-Catholic-Catholic: Father Jim