What We Expect From the Clergy

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Monastery, Pope Michael | 0 comments

Introduction

As the Church is moving forward clergy have joined with the Church for the salvation of souls. Other men are seeking admission to seminary studies in order to become clergy. Our expectations are the same from both groups.

As clergy, we must remember that we are no longer our own, but belong to our Lord Jesus Christ. This is true of all ranks of the clergy from first tonsure up through the minor and major orders. This is especially true of the priests, bishops, cardinals and even the Pope. When we entered the clerical state, we submitted ourselves willingly to our Lord Jesus Christ and to those He has appointed over us in the sacred hierarchy.

All superiors have certain expectations from their inferiors. We should express these desires to our inferiors, so that they may know what is expected from them. As Pope, We have decided to make Our expectations clear to all, who are in the clergy. We do this especially since We truly have one flock and one shepherd in a unique way. 1 As Pope We are shepherding the world as We have yet to appoint any diocesan bishops. The only diocesan bishops remaining are those in Russia and China, who were appointed by Popes Pius XI and Pius XII and given authority to appoint their own successors. We are hoping to reconnect with these shepherds. It is Our hope that God will call sufficient people so that there will be men to appoint to the Office of Bishop. At that point We will expect the Bishop to be faithful to Us as Pope and his clergy to be faithful to him.

Faithful

Above all We expect faithfulness in all Catholics, but especially those among the clergy. And the higher one rises in the hierarchy, the more faithfulness We expect. Almighty God says: “And I will raise me up a faithful priest, who shall do according to my heart, and my soul, and I will build him a faithful house, and he shall walk all days before my anointed.” 2 How do we define faithfulness? We ask all to pay particular attention to what follows, because this is most important.

We were raised in the oil patch in Oklahoma. Our father, two uncles and grandfather all worked in the oil business at one time or another, Our grandfather an one uncle making their career here. In the early days, oil deals were made with a handshake. If a man failed to keep his word, he soon found he would be unable to do business again. Truly a man’s word was his bond. This may no longer be true, which is why we now have written contracts.

If anyone gives their word to someone that they will accomplish some task, We expect them to keep it. In fact, we should go beyond what would normally be expected. Even if circumstances and the matter becomes difficult, we should make the sacrifice to still keep our word. True, there may arise circumstances that make it impossible to keep our word, but these should be few and far between. Let us be careful before making any promise. Many give their word with little thought about whether or not they will keep it. Such laxity is unbecoming in a Christian. We need to be sincere and faithful to keeping our promises.

As Pope, We cannot work with men who are unfaithful to keeping their word to Us and to others. Consider this well. If anyone give Us his word, We may make serious decisions depending on his faithfulness. If he fails in his duty to keep his word, then the Church will most likely suffer damage. We cannot allow the Church to suffer damage, especially in this time, when the Church has been decimated by the hirelings who participated in Vatican II and who said to the Mystical Body of Christ, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” 3 These unfaithful clergy prove that they are also hirelings by their unfaithfulness.

Jesus told a parable of the talents and said in part: “His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” 4 What must we think of an unfaithful servant? “And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 5

Saint Paul says of deacons: “not double tongued,” 6 Double tongue is another way of saying one thing with the intention of doing another. It also applies to lying, which is simply saying something other than what we believe to be true in our minds. Both of these things are detestable and such things must not be found among the clergy.

We will have no choice, but to place the unfaithful in positions where their unfaithfulness will not cause damage to the Church. In other course is simply unacceptable.

Resolution: I will be faithful and keep my word as I would keep a solemn vow.

Obedient

The centurion said: “For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.” 7 Jesus Christ founded the Church in a hierarchical manner on the foundation of obedience. Saint Ignatius wrote a letter to his congregation on the necessity and attributes of obedience. We strongly recommend all read this. In this crisis, when We make a decision, it must be carried out. We have asked all to tell Us their talents and their limitations, for We do not wish to command what is too difficult or even impossible.

Short Interlude

We ask all under holy obedience to submit their curriculum vitae, so that We may know what manner of man you have been and are. We need to know your talents and yes, even your short comings. We need to know what everyone in God’s army is capable of. So consider this Our first command to all.

Resolution: I will submit my complete curriculum vitae to the Pope.

Return to Obedience

The matter is simple, when We say go, We expect you to go and when We say come, We expect you to come. When We give you some job to do, We must rest assured it will be accomplished. The Church cannot move forward without all of us being subject to Almighty God and to the superiors He has appointed over us. This subject is essential to good order.

Saint Paul says of these times that people will be “disobedient to parents.” 8 As Pope We are called the Holy Father, because We are God the Father’s representative on earth. We are parent to the world. The Enemy has sewn disobedience so deep in the souls of people today, that it has become second nature. As men of God, We must uproot disobedience from our souls. We cannot expect the faithful to be obedient to us, if we are not obedient to the superiors God has set over us. Saint Paul says: “Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God.” 9 As Pope, Our power comes directly from Almighty God. When We begin appointing to offices in the Church, your power comes from God through Us, His unworthy servant. Look up the prayers for the Pope in the Missal and meditate on them well.

Resolution: I will be obedient to the Pope and those he appoints as my superiors.

Men of Prayer

One would think that We would lead with this. One would think that men of prayer would be faithful and obedient, but there are many who deceive themselves. They believe themselves to be men of prayer and yet are unfaithful and disobedient.

Much could be said on prayer and We have said much on prayer over the years. We want the clergy to spend an hour a day in prayer, especially in mental prayer and meditation. Meditative reading is a great way to begin this. Bishop Fulton Sheen recommended this for the laity, and several Saints also make this recommendation. The only way we can have any hope of overcoming the Great Apostasy is by a serious prayer life.

In fact, one book recommends to the laity that they tithe a part of their day to prayer. Yes, that is correct, a tenth of one’s day to prayer. This comes out to two hours and twenty-four minutes. If one takes in the time for Mass, Divine Office, Rosary and meditation, one will come close to this amount of time. I recall one Traditionalist priest complaining that he spent one and three quarters hour in prayer, and so much else to do. If we are complaining about how much time prayer is taking out of our lives, we need to spend some time meditating on just how important prayer is. How many of us would be willing to live on one meatless meal a day? And yet, spiritually we are fasting, that is depriving our soul of the nourishment it can only receive from serious mental prayer. Just as we would lose weight on the diet of one meal a day, our souls are famished by this fast. Therefore, oremus, let us pray.

Resolution: I will spend an hour a day in prayer.

Ministry

Some of you have some sort of ministry established. Others of you have lost all, because of your decision to submit to the Vicar of Christ. “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” 10 If you have a ministry, We ask you to make an accounting of your ministry so that the necessary faculties and jurisdiction to continue the ministry can be transmitted to you. The good of the Church requires this.

Resolution: I will make an accounting of my ministry to the Pope.

Financial Support

Sacred Scripture says: “All things obey money.” 11 We have found that the grocery store desires money in exchange for food. We are sure you have found the same. We need money in order to move the Church forward. We recall a booklet written by Bishop Francis Clement Kelly, third bishop of the diocese of Oklahoma entitled: “The forgotten commandment.” He then goes to describe the problem of lack of support for the Church. He explains that he has a stack of requests for money for good projects he must say no to, because the money simply is not there.

We recall when a church We attended as a child repaved the parking lot. The pastor explained how much it cost to repave the parking lot in the bulletin, and asked for donations. Mom went up to him and asked how many parking spaces there were. He gave an answer. She then said that she would pay for one. She remarked that if everyone did this, they would have double what they need, because they had two Masses each Sunday. The pastor explained how few actually supported the Church.

When we finally reestablish dioceses and parishes the order will be simple. The faithful will support their parish, which in turn will support the diocese, which in turn will support the Papacy. Until then, We must rely on the clergy and people to assist in supporting the Vatican in Exile. We need to have a steady stream of income before We can commit to a project to move forward.

Saint Paul asks: “Who serveth as a soldier at any time, at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Who feedeth the flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?” 12 We have found that We have always had to serve at Our own charge and Our own labor. There is one problem with this, if We are laboring to support the Church financially, We are not laboring as Pope. There are only so many hours in the day and We have only so much strength. “But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.” 13

Saint Paul continues: “Know you not, that they who work in the holy place, eat the things that are of the holy place; and they that serve the altar, partake with the altar? So also the Lord ordained that they who preach the gospel, should live by the gospel.” 14

We make this request of all Catholics, for the Church needs money to do anything to move forward. In fact, there are places We as Pope should go, but We do not have the time nor the money many times to make these apostolic visits.

The Old Testament speaks of tithes and first fruits. We do not know who many can actually make a tithe of their income to the Church. However, everyone should be able to make a contribution each and every month. What would it take to come up with $50 a month in the United States to help support the Church? It is time we all looked at our budgets and see what we can do to help the Church.

Resolution: I will examine my budget and make a pledge of regular support, either weekly or monthly to support the Church.

Education

We realize that everyone has received a different education before the reception of Holy Orders. Also everyone has different talents. Canon Law is quite clear on the various obligations of the clergy.

“After their ordination to the priesthood, clerics must not neglect study, especially that of the sacred sciences. In the sacred sciences, they must always follow the sound doctrines handed down by the Fathers and commonly accepted by the Church, and they must avoid profane novelties of expression and what is wrongly called scientific.” (Canon 129) Our study ends with our death. As clergy we must improve our knowledge of the Sacred Sciences for two reasons. First of all we need to have a solid foundation in order to minister. Secondly, we must be ready to “give reason for the hope that is in us.” 15

Everyone should prepare themselves to teach the catechism at the level of the Roman Catechism, also called the Catechism of the Council of Trent. This is a requirement for the reception of the Order of Lector, since Lectors are commissioned to teach the faithful as assistance to the pastors of the Church. In the United States a thorough knowledge of the Baltimore Catechism is also necessary, for the faithful have often been taught from this catechism and use it in their own study and in teaching their children.

In these days we must also study some things that were previously in the realm of a few theologians and canonists, because this study applies to the problems that have arisen because of the Great Apostasy. It is hoped that some will be found who have the talent to not only study these matters, but also to preach the truth in a public manner under Our direction as Pope. Also We need advisers that can help Us determine what subjects need further elaboration and study by the clergy and by the faithful.

To help elucidate the problems of today and expose the truth We have prepared several texts, which all should study.

The first book is I Believe in the Catholic Church, which has been excerpted from an advanced catechism and expanded to include teachings of the Church from after the original publication of the catechism in order to expand the subject. 16 We are working on an advanced edition, which applies the basic principles to the current crisis. We published the original work for the edification and education of the faithful. It is Our opinion that many of the errors we are facing stem from a lack of understanding of just what the Catholic Church is. We would like all to read and comment on this back to Us. Anyone who wishes, may also request copies of the expansion as it is being prepared, so that comments may be made and improvements offered. Remember we are working together for the salvation of souls and Jesus told us in these times to read and understand. 17

Four years ago We published 54 Years that Changed the Catholic Church, 18 which was a major rewrite and expansion on Truth Is One, 19 written a decade ago. The former work was published as a free ebook and downloaded thousands of times, with only two very minor corrections being offered.

Resolution: Ask for a copy of I Believe in the Catholic Church or purchase one and study it. Offer suggestions on how to present the truth to others.

Apostolic Visits

We would like to arrange a visit with each one of the clergy in the Church. If you have a ministry, We would like to come and make a personal inspection and meet the people there. If not, arrangements can be made for you to visit here or for Us to come there. Upon coming under Our jurisdiction, We believe that the clergy should make every effort to arrange a personal meeting with Us in some manner. If a group of clergy join, then one member can come visit Us and then we can arrange for Us to come visit the group at a convenient time.

For Our visits to places, We would like to make arrangements sufficiently in advance so that others in the area can be contacted and other visits might also be arranged on the same trip. This will be going out around Easter, so practically speaking, any visit by Us should be arranged in July at the earliest.

There are practical matters to consider. We must consider and provide for a method to pay all costs that can be anticipated in making the trip. The Church is on a very limited budget, so it is not easy for Us to make a trip. Our requirements are quite modest, because We realize that everyone is on a budget. We do not wish to incur any debt for the Church.

Resolution: Arrange to meet personally with the Pope, if you have not already done so.

Debt

We live in a world that runs on OPM, other people’s money. Debt is encouraged as a necessary part of doing business. However, We believe that the Church if at all possible should avoid incurring debt. The clergy as well as encouraged to be extremely prudent in handling their finances.

First of all, there is the problem of the payment of usury, which is simply another word for interest. Saint Thomas Aquinas is quite clear, usury may only be paid for necessities. Thus no one may lawfully borrow money for luxuries or superfluities. Such would be a mortal sin of cooperation in the sin of another. Just as we must counsel the faithful to be careful in this matter, we must give an example in our own lives.

The basic principle is that money may be borrowed by the faithful for the purchase of a modest home and a reasonable vehicle to discharge their duties. The Church as well must be careful in the acquisition of property by way of borrowing money. Provision must be made for the repayment of such debts. In this matter, the Canons of the Church should be observed. Also any major purchase on behalf of the Church must be made with Our approval as Pope, as well as the formation of any corporate or similar entities for the proper transaction of business.

Resolution: Manage your finances prudently. Manage the finances of the Church prudently.

Monthly Report

Finally, We would like to ask each cleric to make a monthly report to his immediate superior. At the moment, this means a report back to Us as Pope. When We put things in order, We will designate who should receive the report. They in turn will report up the line to Us on what is going on in the Church. In this way our efforts can be coordinated. We must work together for the good of the Church.

This report should include the condition of one’s ministry, if one has one. Also progress on any projects assigned by the Church. Any concerns should also be brought up at this time.

Resolution: Be faithful in contacting one’s immediate superior at the first of the month in order to make a report.

And There Are Many Other Things

We will not spend a great deal of time enumerating all of the duties of the clergy. One of your first duties is to study this on your own under the direction of your spiritual director. What We have outlined above are the basic things We believe are necessary in the clergy that work with Us in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church and in the Vatican in Exile.

We can begin to end the Great Apostasy by our faithfulness to Almighty God and to His holy Church. This is our main duty as His clergy. We look forward to your comments and your help in the awesome task of bringing about the Universal Conversion.

Michael, by the grace of God Pope.

Feast of the Apparition of Saint Michael, May 8, 2015

1 John 10:16: “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.”

2 I Kings 2:35

3 Luke 23:21

4 Matthew 25:21

5 Matthew 25:30

6 I Timothy 3:8

7 Matthew 8:9

8 II Timothy 3:2

9 Romans 13:1

10 Job 1:21

11 Ecclesiastes 10:19

12 I Corinthians 9:7

13 I Corinthians 1:27

14 I Corinthians 9:13-14

15 I Peter 3:15

17 Matthew 24:15

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