We have come to the last title of St. Joseph, “Protector of Holy Church.” Tomorrow we will put ourselves securely under St. Joseph’s protection. Today I read an email to our bishops from a Covid Unit nurse. She has been caring for these patients day after day, despite the media’s attempts “to scare the crap out of us.” Daily she put herself under the fatherly protection of St. Joseph. She emailed the bishops of California to plead that they restore public Masses. This courageous nurse is begging the bishops to fight the good fight with an aggressively secular government. Our bishops, as good fathers, must fight for our First Amendment rights. We must insist that Catholic churches be treated no differently from other “essential services” such as supermarkets, pet food stores, coffee shops, and liquor stores.
Many of our elites consider Christian faith no more than a cute fairy tale. We would be simply naive to deny that many harbor an enduring hatred for the faith, and will not rest until the Catholic Church is shut down. Some of the clergy themselves have become criminal, and a significant number of priests have lost faith in Christ’s Church. We have enemies, and who can protect us from them? Fr. Calloway writes that “the smoke of Satan has infiltrated even the highest levels of the Church … Jesus never promised that everyone in the Church would be holy.” To the contrary, Christ said there would always be weeds in His wheat field.
How did some of the clergy become weeds? How did ex-Cardinal McCarrick, and some of our still active prelates, become criminal? There are seeds of evil in every human soul, mine and yours included. We need a mighty Protector and Patron. Fourteen years after he declared Our Lady as the Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius IX named St. Joseph as “Patron [from the Latin Pater or “father”] of the Universal Church.” Mary is our all-pure Mother. Joseph is our mighty Father, protector and patron of all Christians. We cannot restore the Church’s luster and beauty, and we cannot protect the Church from her enemies, without St. Joseph’s help.