Australia: Brave Benedictine Priest on Covid Vaccines – Sermon “Not Political, It Is Pastoral” …

Australia: Brave Benedictine Priest on Covid Vaccines – Sermon “Not Political, It Is Pastoral” …

Editor writes…

Our some-time blogger in USA, Marinaio emails as follows: 

I think I’ve mentioned that our daughter Stephanie is married to an Aussie and lives in Canberra, Australia.  She had gone to a retreat in New South Wales recently, run by the Benedictines of Notre Dame monastery in Tasmania.  She was very impressed by the monks, and when you read this sermon at the link below, I believe you will be too.  Presumably, this was delivered by the Abbot.  He is courageous, given the Orwellian state of things Down Under. Feel free to publish on Catholic Truth…

Extracts from Sermon by Benedictine Priest – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

At the heart of today’s liturgy we have the Gospel recounting the resurrection of the son of the widow of Naim. St Luke describes the scene by telling us that as Jesus approached the town followed by a large crowd, another large crowd was processing out. As the disciples get closer it appears that this is a funeral cortege. Indeed, a young man is being carried to the grave, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. In other words, a woman bereft, abandoned, for the moment supported by the crowd, but soon to be left to herself. When the Lord sees her, St Luke, who is ever keen to portray the humanity of the Saviour, tells us that He was touched with mercy, literally his entrails were moved. How could He not be? As He looks at her, He is reminded of His own Mother, she too a widow, and soon to lose her only Son. The resurrection of the son of the widow of Naim prefigures that of the Lord; it announces it in advance.

In his commentary on this passage, St Augustine tells us that the miracles of Our Lord have a hidden meaning. Anyone can see the prodigy and admire it, just as an illiterate man can see a magnificently adorned manuscript and be in awe, but in order to understand it, you must know how to read. The resurrection of this young man symbolises then the resurrection of the soul from spiritual death. Because of his passions which carry him away to the grave like the carriers of the bier in the Gospel, he is lost and can do nothing to help himself. But if the Lord comes and touches him, he halts the onslaught of the passions and of all evil, and He restores to a new life, giving the wayward sinner back to his Mother, the Holy Catholic Church.

How can we fail to see in this Gospel an eloquent picture of what is taking place at the very moment in our world? Many have been lost to the Wuhan Virus, otherwise known as Covid-19. Many more have been lost to the inept response given to this virus by those who make decisions for the planet. At the moment there is another kind of death being inflicted on numerous souls, and that is the death of conscience. What I am about to say here may strike some as being somewhat political. It is not political; it is pastoral. I speak these words as a Catholic Priest, a Benedictine Monk and as a Doctor in Moral Theology…

Sadly also and unbelievably, at least one Australian bishop has evoked the possibility of opening churches only to the vaccinated. We even have some bishops in other countries declaring that there is a moral responsibility to take the vaccine. Let’s be clear. There is no moral responsibility to receive the vaccine. I’m going to explain why…

What conclusions are we to draw from all this? Principally, that those of us who refuse the vaccine have solid ground to stand on. But we will need to be strong. The pressure will only increase as time goes by. We will be locked out of many public places; we may even be denied entrance into our own churches; perhaps our own Catholic friends and shepherds will deny us. So be it. But we do have a word for them and this word is for everyone, including authorities, both civil and religious of every rank. It is a strong word. That word is this:

Beware. Our conscience stands firm on this issue. If you wish to pressure us, know that you are violating the voice of a well-formed conscience, that is the voice of God Himself. You should also know that international law condemns severely the use of moral persuasion when it comes to that taking of any medication that is experimental. This sort of thing has been done before. It was perpetrated by the same people who put yellow stars on the shoulders of the Jews, and then ultimately decided that they had a better, more final, solution for them.  Beware. Whoever you are, whatever badge or religious symbol you might wear, you are crossing a line that you will bitterly regret and for which you will have to give an account.

God is not mocked, St Paul told us today. You reap what you sow. If you sow in the flesh, you will reap corruption and death and damnation. If you sow in the Spirit, you will reap everlasting life. And he adds: while there is still time, do what is good, for the end of all things is fast approaching.     Click here to read the entire (excellent) sermon.

Comments (32)

  • editor

    Despite, presumably, having read Athanasius’s excellent letter to him, Nadhim Zahawi is pushing ahead with vaccine passports. Utterly shocking. I had him down as a very slippery customer from the first time I saw him interviewed on TV news, but this is taking his slipperiness to a whole new level. What a dishonest man.

    You can read Athanasius’s (Martin Blackshaw’s) letter to Zahawi on page 13 of the current (September 09) newsletter

    September 6, 2021 at 9:44 am
    • Lily

      Nadhim Zahawi is such a liar. He is saying the same thing about vaccinating healthy kids (no plans to) that he said about vaccine passports. “We know they are lying, they know we know they’re lying, we know that they know we know they’re lying, yet they keep lying” -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      September 6, 2021 at 4:36 pm
      • Bernie

        Just looking at the front of that video, with young people tightly packed into a dance hall, dancing away close together, how does showing a vaccine passport protect them from covid? The vaccine isn’t any guarantee of not getting infected, and people who have been infected can still get it, so what’s the point, unless there is no point except getting us used to be controlled.

        We have to keep fighting this.

        September 6, 2021 at 4:40 pm
    • Athanasius


      I copied that Zahawi letter to a number of MPs in parliament, including Sajid Javid and Sir Desmond Swayne. Only Sir Desmond had the courtesy to kindly acknowledge receipt, God bless him. Zahawi will have received it, but whether he read it or not is another matter. At least he cannot say at his future trial for crimes against humanity that he didn’t know and was only obeying orders!

      As for that sermon of the Benedictine monk, it is absolutely brilliant and just what we Catholics need to hear right now. May God reward this holy priest for his fidelity and honesty.

      September 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm
      • editor


        These politicians know exactly what they are doing. But why are they doing it? Here’s my personal (conspiracy) theory…

        People at the top – the Puppeteers – are determined to introduce Communist-style governance across the world aiming for One World Government. The Puppets (Heads of State and other leading politicians) have been told that if they co-operate, their “elections” will see them returned over and over again – power for as long as they want it. That, and big bucks by the backdoor…

        Is there any other explanation as to why there’s nobody breaking ranks, nobody “leaking”?

        September 6, 2021 at 9:55 pm
      • Athanasius


        There are very few certainties in this life, but one thing is for certain and it is that this COVID business has absolutely nothing to do with protecting health. What you suggest is the best guess, i.e., changing the way we live, from Democracy to Communist totalitarianism, and making a packet through vaccines at the same time. I would add a third liklihood, which is that they have in mind to massively reduce the global population by means of the so-called vaccines.

        September 6, 2021 at 10:27 pm
      • Fidelis


        When I hear this about the vaccines being to depopulate the world, I wonder about the politicians who have made a big show of taking them, being injected in front of the cameras. Would they really risk their own lives?

        September 6, 2021 at 11:03 pm
      • Athanasius


        I’m not convinced that these politicians are really receiving the vaccines – it’s like a media sideshow with them in order to convince others to get vaccinated. Besides that, it would seem from what Dr. Mike Yeadon says that it’s the overies and placenta protein in women that might actually be the main target of the spike protein expressed by these vaccines. If that’s the case then we’re looking at major future fertility issues – failure to conceive, miscarriages, etc. It’s not the only issue but it is a major one. Imagine being able to interrupt the conception or gestation of babies with a simple injection – that would really be right up Bill Gates’ street!

        September 7, 2021 at 12:19 am
    • Athanasius


      No wonder my letter went unanswered by Nadhim Zahawi, the man is a proven public liar who flip-flops on his statements to suit the evil and duplicitous Johnson agenda. He looks and sounds like another puppet of China:

      September 7, 2021 at 3:01 pm
  • Fidelis

    That is a very impressive sermon indeed. I was so impressed I took a look around their website, at the link with the full sermon given in the introduction. I was a little disappointed to see that they had cancelled their retreats back in June, to comply with the NSW restrictions.

    Maybe that is unreasonable of me, and maybe now they would act differently, I hope so, because it’s only when the obedience stops that we can hope for a return to anything like the old normal.

    September 6, 2021 at 11:22 am
    • MrsM

      Hello Fidelis,
      To clarify, the monks are in Tasmania. It is a big journey off the Tasmanian island to the mainland. The retreat I went on was in February and due to Covid restrictions at the time they had to move locations for my packed retreat within the state of NSW at the last minute. They rely on a large enough venue to have retreats, and usually hold them in diocesan-owned retreat centers.They had men and women’s retreats scheduled for late June/early July in Galong, NSW and when the lockdown hit were forced to cancel at the very last minute. There is no way they would have been allowed to travel up here, the (diocesan owned) retreat center was closed and retreatants couldn’t travel there either. I just wanted to clarify that they had no choice in that matter! We are under draconian laws here. God bless!
      Canberra, Australia

      September 6, 2021 at 8:14 pm
      • editor

        Mrs M – Stephanie,

        Now nice to hear from you directly! Your wonderful mum and dad are fairly regular correspondents and contributors to our blog (as well as running their own excellent forum).

        Thank you for clarifying that matter of the cancelled retreats – I’m sure Fidelis will offer her own thanks when she reads your charitable post.

        September 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm
      • Fidelis

        Mrs M,

        Thank you very much for coming on to give that information about the retreats – I was too quick to think the worst! I have seen video evidence of the draconian laws in Australia, so I understand the situation – I should have assumed that the priests had no choice.

        Thank you for sharing that fabulous sermon with us – it’s really great to hear a priest speaking out about these dreadful vaccines and the pressure being put on us all to take them.

        Finally, I have to add that I envy you your access to retreats offered by such good priests. We hear so much bad news in the Church, so it’s good to know that there are good things happening as well, even if it’s miles away in Australia, LOL!

        September 6, 2021 at 11:00 pm
  • Josephine

    I agree it’s an excellent sermon. I am shocked that any Catholic bishops would consider only letting the vaccinated into his churches! That is unbelievable.

    I think this Talk Radio interview, from June, is important to this debate.

    September 6, 2021 at 12:41 pm
    • Bernie

      It goes to show how so little has changed when the Claire Fox video, made back in June, is still so relevant it could have been made yesterday. She’s really not said anything new!

      September 6, 2021 at 4:41 pm
  • Lily

    That’s a fantastic sermon from the Benedictine priest, and knowing how bad things are in Australia, I think he does deserve to be called brave.

    I hope the SSPX priests who were at the forefront in promoting the vaccines, read his sermon and feel utterly ashamed.

    September 6, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    • Bernie

      I agree – the Benedictine sermon is first class. For once we’re getting a correct use of the term “pastoral”. I was stunned to read this:

      “Sadly also and unbelievably, at least one Australian bishop has evoked the possibility of opening churches only to the vaccinated.”

      I’d love to know the name of that archbishop. He’s a disgrace.

      September 6, 2021 at 4:44 pm
      • Athanasius


        You’ll get used to hearing this about bishops refusing the Mass and Sacraments to all but the vaccinated. I understand that Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a public Mass in some country in the near future (can’t remember the country he’s visiting) and it has already been announced that only vaccinated Catholics are welcome.

        September 6, 2021 at 6:02 pm
      • Laura

        Athanasius and Bernie,

        Also get used to doctors refused medical care for the unvaccinated – like this Florida doctor.

        September 6, 2021 at 11:06 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    I too agree that the sermon from the Benedictine priest is excellent. That is stark news indeed if bishops are prepared refuse Mass and the Sacraments to only those vaccinated. It was terrible during the lockdowns last year the elderly in care homes last year who died without receiving the likes of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, and, not seeing relatives either.

    This is an interview of Madeleine Stone, Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch being interviewed on Talk Radio about vaccine passports, and what she had to say.

    September 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      I LOVE it! Great interview and Madeleine is so right – if these vaccine passports are allowed, it’ll be the thin end of the wedge. Before long, we’ll have to prove our ID on demand. It’s utterly disgraceful. Good old Mike Graham – I second his call for the Government to “back off – we’re not going to have it.” Well said.

      September 6, 2021 at 10:05 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Pope Francis will be visiting Slovakia in a few days time. The policy was that only those fully vaccinated would be allowed to attend events that will take place. As there seems to be low numbers having registered to attend, it seems that it will now be extended to those who can show show that can give proof of being covid-19 free though unvaccinated. Go figure.

    I doubt that I would make the effort to go. I guess my home comforts would come first, say she with tongue in cheek.

    September 6, 2021 at 8:11 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    I and possibly along with 99% of others on Here wouldn’t Cross the Road to meet Bergoglio, He gets worse ( if that’s possible) by the Day. I read that very Truthful Sermon from a Good Catholic Priest but I would Love 1 ,Just 1 Priest, from the Pulpit to condemn Bergoglios Advertising of these Mengele Injections. And we know that is what Bergoglio is doing ,Advertising The Evil Gates and Fauci Injections. We know that He received a Massive Payout from the Chinese Communist Party to Let them ,and not The Vatican choose their Bishops and Cardinals.
    Does anyone know How much Money He has received off of Gates and Fauci Etc.
    I would love it to be leaked out .
    T. Rose as for your comment above about the Godfathers Mass, they’ll probably import His Lutheran Buddies ( as they Love Him ) to swell the numbers in Slovakia . Am sure Mrs Merkel would more than gladly pay their Expenses, as long as it makes Pachamama Francis Happy.
    O and all of us on Here ( thanks ED ) know and have known for at least a Year that their are much better, safer and Cheaper Medicines that have been tried and known to be better than a so called — Vaccine– to cure this Fabricated Chinese Disease. The words though. Cheaper Medicines, do not want to be Heard , especially by Gates . Fauci and who knows even The Godfather Himself.

    September 6, 2021 at 8:56 pm
  • editor

    I’ve just received this in my inbox – so in case anyone can make it to Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh tomorrow to protest vaccine passports and let the powers-that-be know that we believe “it’s time to get angry”…

    September 6, 2021 at 10:18 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    This link is interesting about Ivermectin okay for Afghan refugees yet hospitals are filled with vaccinated Americans. The doctor interviewed is saying that the vaccination is murder for money.

    September 6, 2021 at 10:43 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      Brilliant link – many thanks for posting it. First class.

      September 7, 2021 at 11:34 am
  • editor

    This article on “pandemic of the unvaccinated?” has just come into my inbox – looks very interesting.

    September 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm
  • Athanasius

    I can’t think of a better thread to post this on than this current one. Today begins the Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows (7th – 15th September), so for anyone who wishes to do this Novena to Our Lady here’s a link to the daily prayers for those nine days. This will bring great blessings on anyone who offers Our Lady these nine days of prayer to compassionate her in the sorrows of her Immaculate Heart.

    September 7, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    • editor


      Many thanks for that link and information. I’m on it!

      September 7, 2021 at 2:24 pm
    • Josephine


      Thanks for that link – I hadn’t heard of that novena to Our Lady of Sorrows.

      September 7, 2021 at 2:52 pm
  • RCAVictor

    From the “Telling It Like It Is” department:

    September 7, 2021 at 2:59 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor

      That’s a fantastic article. I copied an extract to post here, then saw another, and another… and so it went on. So, I have copied only this nugget, urging readers not to follow the crowd…

      Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you: ‘There is no i in team.’ What you should tell them is: ‘Maybe not. But there is an i in independence, individuality, and integrity.’” – George Carlin

      Game, set and match!

      September 7, 2021 at 3:24 pm

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