Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
Complicit Clergy released a tape on YouTube last week I want to share with you. The tape was of a speech by Fr. Paul Mankowski, a Jesuit priest, entitled The Truth About the Crisis in the Catholic Church. I was appalled when I found that the tape was posted “In Memory of” Fr. Mankowski because he voiced truths the faithful need to hear coming from a priest with a courageous voice.
Listening to Fr. Mankowski made me curious about his life and hopeful that I could find more tapes of his talks. My search resulted in a few jewels, including obituaries by his close friends. Phil Lawler wrote one of the best. I include a portion here to give you a bit of background before you listen to Fr.’s talk about the Truth…
Farewell, Uncle Di:
Father Paul Mankowski, RIP
…That he was a prodigious intellect is beyond dispute. He earned advanced degrees at Harvard and Oxford. He was fluent in multiple languages. He advised Vatican prelates, and more than once I detected a familiar style of prose in an official document from the Holy See. He taught Biblical languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He maintained a lively correspondence with philosophers and political leaders. And if you have read The Tragedy of Macdeth, which he wrote just for fun under a pseudonym, you know that you are not dealing with an ordinary mind.
Born into a middle-class family, Paul worked in steel mills to help pay his college tuition, and never abandoned his blue-collar approach to work. He was unimpressed with academic colleagues who, he chuckled in wonderment, “wouldn’t even know how to change a shock absorber.” Then again he was also unimpressed with his own academic achievements, and congenitally incapable of self-promotion.
As a young man, Paul Mankowski developed a deep admiration for the Society of Jesus. He noticed, in his readings of history, that the Jesuits always turned up in crucial battles, defending the Catholic faith “where the fighting was fiercest.” Determined to do the same, he joined the Jesuits after graduating from the University of Chicago. He did not foresee that in our days the fiercest fighting would take place inside the Church and inside the Society of Jesus, and that — at least during his lifetime — he would be on the losing side…
For years Paul worked under constraints imposed by his Jesuit superiors. Having ruffled feathers with his unapologetic defense of traditional Catholic teaching, he was directed to avoid public controversies. Faithful to his vow of obedience, he hewed to the order he was given. When told that he could not write under his own name without censorship, he used pseudonyms. When told that he could not write under a pseudonym, he stopped. And so the Catholic world was denied what might have been a treasure-trove of lively and insightful prose. Do not be surprised if some memorable work now leaks out posthumously… Read Phil Lawler’s full article posted on CERC (Catholic Education Resource Center) HERE.
From Complicit Clergy, Fr. Paul Mankowski:
On ORCatholic’s home page, I posted words given to me during prayer time in the spring of 2018. I didn’t have a clue about what was going to be revealed later that year. Fr. Mankowski gives us a first-hand report of debauchery in the Church on more local levels.
May God bless you with an insightful New Year 2021! If you’d like to read Fr. Mankowski’s writings, a book published posthumously by Ignatius Press – Jesuit at Large, Essays and Reviews by Paul Mankowski, S.J. You can find a link and read more about it HERE in an excellent article written by George Weigel.
God bless you always,
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