Looking On Us From Heaven


Pastor Angelicus

The always stellar Gloria.TV have in their latest news the mention that the Osservatore Romano has published further evidence of the Pastor Angelicus’ untiring (and dangerous) work to protect Jews from Nazi persecution. Affectionate readers of this blog have read about this several times, but it is never enough.

I particularly liked the bold introduction of the news as “Saint Pius XII”. And in fact, there is no reason why any sound Catholic should not have great confidence that this great, great man is now in Heaven, and can be asked to intercede for us by the One of Whom Francis thinks He deceived his disciples.

As a reminder: whilst Catholics cannot canonise deceased Catholics, they can be persuaded of the probability of them being in heaven with such a conviction and energy that they ask them for intercession in their daily troubles; nay, that thay ask them for help even at death’s door. Most canonisations happen because of miracles due to the request for intercession of faithful who, in fact, strongly believed the saint was in paradise in the first place.

I have no doubt that, in the case of the Pastor Angelicus, this is the case. Not only Catholic common sense tells me so, but I remember reading in one book about Padre Pio (I have read some of them; I think it was this one, but no guarantee) that Padre Pio himself had an hours-long mystical vision of Pius XII in heaven on the day he died, and said afterwards he did not have any doubt himself.

We would do well to seek, in these troubling times, strenght and inspiration from great Popes of the past; which is particularly easy in the case of Popes who have lived in times recent enough for us to naturally relate to them. Pope Pius XII lived in a world, and dealt with problems, not very dissimilar from our own. Our elders still remember him. He lived in times of cars and automobiles; aeroplanes, Radio and Television; mass horror, mass contraception, eugenics, and euthanasia. We truly can relate to his times, because they are still so similar to ours. 

Intercede for us, beloved Pope Pius XII. We need your help in these disgraceful times.

You are so, so sorely missed.








Posted on January 23, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. indignusfamulus

    No confusing procreation and breeding with this man:

  2. If the world has hated me, it will hate you. Truer words never spoken. The greatest pope of the 20th century but oh no, we can’t canonize him… Might make some people angry.

  3. I learned just one month ago, in our monthly session of “Catechism for Adults”, in a Traditional parish in France, that the souls in Purgatory can intercede for us. Great news ! So, even if Pope Pius XII, the Pope of my childhood in Germany, whom I remember with much affection, is not already in Heaven and stays still in Purgatory, we can ask Him to intercede for us in our most troubled time. And pray for him to canonized, but may be by a more orthodox Pope than the present one.

    Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

    • I have looked in my “Ott” (pag. 323).
      St. Thomas is against, because the souls in purgatory do not know what’s happening on earth. This was also the opinion I had read and always believed.
      But Ott also states that others, liek Suarez and Bellarmine, think that as the souls in purgatory are part of the mystical body of Christ, it follows that they can intercede.
      St Thomas difficulty would then be solved through ad hoc revelations (my grandma has died. I pray for her intercession; she is allowed to know my troubles so that she can intercede for me).
      However, this is merely a “sententia probabilis”, and therefore not theologically certain.


    • Our teacher is a canonist, and besides the advocatus diaboli in the process of beatification of Emperess Zita (whom I really love). And I have seen this assertion in a text from an important author, I thought it was Prelate Prof. Dr. Georg May, of Germany, but I can’t find the text for the moment. I’ll have a closer look on it tomorrow.


    • Yes.
      Still sententia probabilis, I would say. Can’t imagine the Ott has a typo in the matter.

  4. Good morning, Mundabor.
    I too am familiar with the Padre Pio story you speak of. According to what I read, his beatific vision occurred in Late November of 1958, about one month and a half after Pius XII’s death, and he was granted this because he had become quite depressed on account of the Angelic Pastor’s death, and the beatific vision helped to soothe his grief.


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