Fr Linus Clovis: Civil War Within The Church…

Fr Linus Clovis: Civil War Within The Church…

Father Linus Clovis is one of the heroes of our time.  He doesn’t hesitate to preach the Faith, in season and out of season…  Indeed, we were privileged to have him address one of our Conferences in Glasgow (2016) – to which he refers in this interview with Michael Matt, the Editor of The Remnant (16.15).

His above sermon on Civil War within the Church, delivered on the Feast of Christ the King 2020, is one those timeless commentaries.  It applies equally today as it applied in October 2020.

It struck me as worth posting this weekend, because I’ve been hearing a chorus of depression and “how and when will this end” – this civil war within the Church with people effectively wondering if they will survive;  I know the feeling, that wearing feeling.  What about you?  Will you survive?  If so, share your secret with the rest of us!  Can you add anything to the “survival list” provided by Fr Clovis?

Comments (15)

  • Laura Reply

    Father Clovis’ sermon is excellent. He speaks carefully and without jokes which makes it easy to take him seriously. As Father says, we are privileged to see what is happening and I think that same grace will help us all survive.

    What would I add? I would add that we cannot just pray, although that is important, but we need to take some action as well, e.g. tell everyone in our circles about Fatima and the Consecration of Russia, also make sure they are aware of the “diabolical disorientation” that we are witnessing was warned about by Our Lady, according to Sister Lucia.

    November 14, 2021 at 8:52 am
    • Athanasius Reply


      I don’t think Fr. Clovis was suggesting that we just pray and do no more, I think he was more or less saying that any action on our part must be the result of confident prayer and trust in God. He cme to the Catholic Truth Conference some years back which demonstrates that he is fully in favour of lay Catholic action in defence of he faith. He certainly doesn’t miss the target and hit the wall with his keen observations and apostolic zeal when it comes to religious error and its propagators in the Church, however high up they may be, so it’s clear that he recognises that prayer must be backed by good example in a strong and public defence of the truth.

      November 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
      • Laura


        I’m sure that’s right. As you say, he spoke at a Catholic Truth Conference, so he obviously understands the importance of Catholic Action. I just had to throw in my tuppence worth, to make sure, LOL!

        November 14, 2021 at 6:06 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      I was impressed with Fr Clovis’ sermon, very impressed. I agree that he did not mean only to pray but that prayer is at the foundation of all that we do, or should be.

      What impressed me the most was that he named the key issues causing the descent into the “powers of darkness” – he was not vague, imprecise, but spelt out the sins that are being promoted as rights in society these days., We need to hear that more often in sermons. Otherwise, those living in the real world cannot explain why these “rights” are not rights at all.

      November 14, 2021 at 6:46 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    Words of holiness and wisdom from a true priest of God. May God continue to bless dear Fr. Clovis abundantly.

    November 14, 2021 at 11:55 am
    • Laura Reply


      I agree – if only we had a few more priests like him here in Scotland. God bless him – he’s a true priest of God, as you say.

      November 14, 2021 at 6:06 pm
  • Lily Reply

    I found that homily by Fr Clovis really inspiring. He clearly loves the faith, loves Our Lady. What a treat for a Sunday!

    November 14, 2021 at 6:26 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    I remembered hearing something about Fr Clovis, something very good, so I searched for it just now and found it. He was not afraid to warn that he would deny Holy Communion to a pro-abortion Head of State:

    “In 2004, Fr Clovis led the resistance to the legalisation of abortion in St Lucia, even threatening to deny Holy Communion to the Head of State should she present herself to him. She took the threat very seriously and did not present herself but the incident did not endear him to either the State or his archbishop.”

    Now, that’s what I call a true priest. We need more like him, and urgently.

    November 14, 2021 at 6:43 pm
  • Pat McKay Reply

    Archbishop Vigano takes a swipe – or two

    In Italian, with English subtitles. 20 minutes duration

    November 14, 2021 at 6:50 pm
    • editor Reply


      Thank you for that. However, I’d be interested in your thoughts about Fr Clovis’ first class sermon, before I move onto listen to what Archbishop Vigano has to say.

      Thank you.

      November 14, 2021 at 7:25 pm
      • Pat McKay

        I gotta wash-up, then I’ll re-visit the video on the big JVC screen downstairs.

        From what I’ve seen of it already, I certainly couldn’t fault it – indeed I’ve posted link to it on two of my regular Facebook sites.

        November 14, 2021 at 7:37 pm
      • Pat McKay

        Father Linus for pope!

        What an inspiring sermon. He talked much about the Feast of Christ the King, this was poignant for me since it was on that very Feast Day in 1982 that my poor dad was called from us (the 21st Nov falls on a Sunday this year once again). He was a youthful 57 years, R.I.P.

        He certainly instils hope, in his words. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been tempted to despair about the covidiocy of the past 20 months. The vast majority out there are in a state of hypnosis, scared witless into accepting almost any form of tyranny imposed on them. I’ve given up on most of them – even my nearest and dearest just roll their eyes when I try telling them it’s all a monumental scam (I get … ‘oh boy, he’s gone off on one again’….)

        Father’s message was also for us to reflect on the past, how many times all seemed lost, but the gates of the underworld did not prevail. So, we must never give up – and pray unremittingly as the Church did for St. Peter that he might be freed from his prison. We could all do with that angel, at times!

        Very pro-life, as expected. He was spot-on with what he said about the world not recognising sin e.g. abortion and same-sex liaisons. Essentially, when the First Commandment is thrown out, the other nine must inevitably follow. I’m glad he had a dig at Bergoglio for what he said about the acceptance of same-sex ‘civil unions’. Had it been me on the pulpit, I would’ve panned him for that occasion when he invited some kwer into the Vatican and gave the deluded creature the ‘Stonewall’ message i.e. ….’God made you THAT way, God loves you THAT way and it’s ok to be THAT way’…. Didn’t he get made Time magazine’s ‘person of the year’ for that?

        November 14, 2021 at 9:29 pm
      • editor


        Brilliant to post to Facebook. I hope you will do that often, with various threads. I keep being told that we need to be known on social media sites, but we don’t want to start up our own, so please and thank you for that!

        November 14, 2021 at 10:30 pm
      • editor


        An excellent assessment of Father Clovis’ sermon – well said.

        And yes, Father is a pro-life priest – one of the most committed. In fact, it was at a pro-life/family Conference that he first spoke openly about Francis and the dangers he was posing to the Faith even at that relatively early stage in his pontificate. Pro-lifers are notoriously papolatrist, so he took a risk doing that but it paid off in the end. His talk – “The Francis Effect” – is what inspired us to invite him to address our Conference.

        November 14, 2021 at 10:34 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Fr Clovis sermon was indeed inspiring, and, I wish that we had more priests like him, in Scotland.

    November 15, 2021 at 12:13 am

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