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Film Festival taints Notre Dame

Thomas Droleskey | Friday, February 13, 2004

“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Thus spoke the Mother of God to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, just four years after Blessed Pope Pius IX solemnly proclaimed the doctrine of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception.

Our Lady was preserved from all stain of sin from the first moment of her conception so that she would be the singular vessel of devotion in which the Word would become Flesh by the power of the Holy Ghost to dwell amongst us and to redeem us on the Wood of the Holy Cross.

Our Lady saw the horror of what our sins did to her Divine Son in His Sacred Humanity as he hung on the Cross on Calvary on Good Friday. Her Immaculate Heart was pierced with the sword of sorrow that had been prophesied by the aged Simeon in the Temple at the Presentation.

Cooperating with the graces won for us on Calvary and relying upon our sinless Blessed Mother’s maternal intercession, we are called to be free from all stain of sin in this life. It is thus an evil thing to persist in sin unrepentantly, worse yet to celebrate it publicly as something noble and virtuous. It is an act of utter blasphemy to connect the Holy Name of Mary with one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, as is being done this very week on the campus of the University of Notre Dame du Lac in Notre Dame, Indiana.

To make reparation for the “film festival” celebrating perverse evil on Our Lady’s campus, Christ or Chaos, Inc., is calling upon all Catholics of good will to pray an extra set of Sorrowful Mysteries of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary each and every day that this celebration of perversity is taking place on her campus.

Thomas DroleskeyPresidentChrist or Chaos, Inc.Alumni Class of 1974

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