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As we celebrate the Traditional Feast of St. Catherine of Siena today, we remember how a great Saint and Doctor of the Church dealt with grievous papal failings in her own day. Her response stands as a forceful indictment of the many Neo-Catholic apologists who chastise Traditionalists for speaking out against any and all actions of the Pope.

For the Neo-Catholic, the only acceptable reaction is to stand by in absolute and abject silence. This was not, however, the view of St. Catherine. Her letter to Pope Gregory XI (below) stands as a testimony to the moral obligation of all Catholics to correct and admonish their erring pastors. Even, if necessary, the pope himself.

To do so is an act of charity not only for the sake of the pope, but for the sake of the entire Church. This has never been truer than in our time today. Sadly, we can all see that this letter to Pope Gregory XI in the 1370’s could be written to our own Holy Father today, practically word for word.

St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

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