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Msgr. Foy is a retired priest and canon lawyer of the Archdiocese of Toronto. He was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 14, 1915, second of a family of eight children. He attended Holy Name Catholic Elementary School and De La Salle High School in Toronto. In 1933 he entered St. Augustine’s Seminary and was ordained on June 3, 1939 by Archbishop, later Cardinal McGuigan. He was sent for post-graduate studies to Laval University in Quebec City where he took a doctoral course in Canon Law. In 1942 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Archdicoese of Toronto and Secretary of the Toronto Archdiocesan Matrimonial Tribunal. In 1947, he was named the Secretary of the new Toronto Regional Tribunal, which he served later as Defender of the Bond and Judge. In 1957 he was named Presiding Judge of the Regional and Archdiocesan Tribunals. In the same year he was named a Domestic Prelate by Pope Pius XII. In a part time capacity for many years he was Director of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
He is a founder and honorary member of the Canadian Canon Law Society.
He was named pastor of his natal parish of St. John’s in Toronto in 1966 and was there until 1973. He then served as pastor of Holy Martyrs Church in Bradford and St. Patrick’s Church in Phelpston. In 1977 and 1978 he lived in Rome in an advocacy capacity. He served as chaplain for 25 years of the Pro Aliis Club and was chaplain also of the Legion of Mary, has helped religious orders and convents and been active in other groups including the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
Msgr. is the oldest priest in his Archdiocese and the only surviving priest of the class of 1939 of St. Augustine’s Seminary. For decades he has fearlessly articulated and defended the teachings of the Church – in a time of moral and doctrinal chaos in the Church in Canada. He is best known for his untiring defense of Catholic teachings on marriage and family life, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae. His efforts have earned him a papal commendation and the Pro-life Man of the Year Award. On June 3, 2014, he celebrates his 75th year of his ordination to the holy priesthood.
Getting ready for my 75th Ordination Anniversary, age 98
The television premiere of the 1/2 hour documentary “Msgr. Vincent Foy, Champion for Life” will air on Eternal Word Television Network on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (my 76th Ordination Anniversary) at 6:30pm ET and in a repeat broadcast on August 14, 2015 (my 100th birthday) at 6:30pm. Thanks to EWTN, Dunn Media & Entertainment and all who helped with this production.
I was recently contacted with concerns that some clergy and laity need to be reminded that they should genuflect when they pass by the Tabernacle. In response, I am posting the following sources in support of the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue, kneeling, genuflecting, the restoration of Communion rails, centrally-placed Tabernacles and having the priest celebrant face the Tabernacle and worship God with the people at Mass. These have been longtime traditions of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
Kneeling “officially signifies adoration” (Ceremonial of Bishops, Nos. 68-72 p.36-37).
“One waits for symbols and promises standing, but the Reality, one receives with love and on one’s knees” (Pope Saint Pius X).
“The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers the worship of latria [adoration] to the Sacrament of Eucharist” (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei, 1965, n.56).
“No one eats of this flesh without having first adored it and not only do we not sin by adoring but we would sin by not adoring” (Ibid., n.55, St. Augustine, In Ts, Ch.98, 9:PL 37, 126).
To Adore God in keeping with longstanding tradition of the Church:
1. Restore and bring about increased, more humble and fervent love, adoration, reverence and thanksgiving for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist through receiving Holy Communion worthily and in the best way possible, while kneeling and on the tongue. (The communicant must of course, always be in a state of grace, having received absolution in the Sacrament of Penance for any and all mortal/serious sins).
2. Promote and defend kneeling at the appropriate times during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, especially during the Consecration, and to renew the venerable practise of genuflecting and kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament.
3. Restore and encourage central Tabernacles and the celebration of Mass facing the Lord with the congregation where still needed.
“The theme of the project was that Communion-in-the-hand and standing for Communion were not consonant with the two-millennia-long Catholic tradition and that both practices need to be re-evaluated for the good of the Church… When Communion-in the-hand was being proposed and practiced illicitly in the mid-1960s, the argument was proffered that this was merely a return to the ‘ancient’ usage of the Church, one that would enhance the faith-life of the Church… With the publication of Memoriale Domini in 1967, it was abundantly clear that Pope Paul VI did not accept such a view, nor did the world-wide episcopate, who resoundingly opposed any change in the method of Communion distribution…” (Dominus Est – It is the Lord!, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Preface)
The Church throughout centuries: To preserve and defend reverence, dignity and holiness due to the greatest treasure in the Church, only kneeling, not standing, to receive Holy Communion, always on the tongue, was allowed. “This method, ‘on the tongue’ must be retained” (Pope Paul VI, Memoriale Domini, 1969).
Communion in the hand comes from the Dutch Calvinists of the 17th Century. Calvinism denies the real presence of Christ in the Host. Communion in the hand wasn’t even practiced by the Lutherans: Even “The Lutherans have until quite recently, and till today in Scandinavian lands, preserved communion kneeling and on the tongue” (August 12, Bishop Athanasius Schneider: 2011, http://eponymousflower.blogspot.ca/2011/08/auxiliary-bishop-says-communion-in-hand.html).
St. Basil (330-379 AD): considered Communion in the hand a “great fault”.
Council of Rouen (650 AD): Do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layperson, but only in their mouths.
Council of Constantinople (695 AD): prohibited the faithful from giving Communion to themselves.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-740): “Out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches It but what is consecrated” (Summa, Pt. III, Q.82, Art.3).
“All that has been elaborated on until now permits us to realize that the history of the reintroduction of communion in the hand is nothing other than the triumph of an act of disobedience” (Communion in the Hand: Documents and History, Most Rev. Juan Rodolfo Lais, Bishop Emeritus of San Luis, Argentina, 2011).
Sacred Scripture: “Every Knee shall be bowed to Me” (Is 45:23). “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bend before Me” (Rom 14:11). “Every knee must bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2:10).
Authoritative Statements and References:
Pope Benedict XVI and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:
“It is the mission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to work to promote Pope Benedict’s emphasis on the traditional practices of liturgy, such as reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling (Cardinal Llovera, Prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, July 22, 2009).
“We Christians kneel only before God or before the Most Blessed Sacrament because we know and believe that the one true God is present in It, the God Who created the world and so loved it that He gave His Only Begotten Son (cf. Jn 3:16)” (Pope Benedict XVI, Corpus Christi Homily, Rome, June 13, Zenit.org).
“By bringing back traditional postures in the reception of Holy Communion when the Pope celebrates Mass, (among other things) he is hoping to bring back to the faithful this sense of sacredness in divine worship.” The custom of worshippers receiving “Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue, from Pope Benedict” in Rome has extended to outside the Vatican (Inside the Vatican, Return to Traditions at World Youth Day, August/September 2008).
“In continuity with the teaching of his Predecessor, starting with the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the year 2008, the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, began to distribute to the faithful the Body of the Lord, [only] by placing it directly on the tongue of the faithful as they remain kneeling” (Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, http://www.vatican.va).
“If a child were to see somebody kneeling devoutly at a communion rail, receiving Communion from a priest on his tongue, with an Altar boy holding a paten under his chin, the child would know something special is happening. The child would know that the man has faith in something: he is a believer in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist” (Referring to Theology of Kneeling, Ignatius Press, 2000, pp 88-90, Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, CDF, Fr. Edgardo Arellano, Kneeling – The Most Appropriate Posture in Receiving the Eucharist according to the Popes, the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship).
“It is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling” (Cardinal Llovera, Prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, July 2011).
“Genuflections and Bows
- A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved for the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as for the Holy Cross from the solemn adoration during the liturgical celebration on Good Friday until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.
During Mass, three genuflections are made by the priest celebrant: namely, after the showing of the host, after the showing of the chalice, and before Communion. Certain specific features to be observed in a concelebrated Mass are noted in their proper place (cf. nos. 210-251).
If, however, the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is present in the sanctuary, the priest, the deacon, and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself.
Otherwise all who pass before the Most Blessed Sacrament genuflect, unless they are moving in procession.”
“If a priest celebrant goes to the tabernacle to remove the Blessed Sacrament (e.g. due to the number of communicants) and that tabernacle is not directly behind the altar, I would have expected him to genuflect; I don’t think the GIRM in saying ‘three genuflections are made by the priest’ is saying in that instance he should not make another genuflection, just that he must (infirmity aside) make those three genuflections. He is not just passing in front of it, he is approaching and removing the Blessed Sacrament.” http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/01/quaeritur-genuflecting-before-a-tabernacle/
The traditional Latin Mass requires more numerous genuflections to the Blessed Sacrament during Mass.
“No one who enters a Church should fail to adore the Blessed Sacrament either by visiting the Blessed Sacrament chapel or at least by Genuflecting. Similarly those who pass before the Blessed Sacrament genuflect, except when they are walking in procession” (The Ceremonial of Bishops, No. 71, 1984).
“Starting from his [Pope Benedict XVI’s} experience, which aroused in him a great faith, wonder, and devotion for the Lord present in the Eucharist, he presents us with an historical-theological excursus that clarifies how the practise of receiving Holy communion on the tongue, while kneeling, became the normative practise in the Church… I think it is now time to evaluate carefully the practise of communion-in-the-hand… to abandon what was actually never called for by the Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concilium nor by the council Fathers but was, in fact, ‘accepted’ after it was introduced as an abuse in some countries” (Most Reverend Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, as quoted in Dominus Est – It is the Lord!, Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, 2008. This book was recommended by Cardinal Arinze as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship who declared: “I have read the whole book with delight. It is excellent”).
Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura: “The Holy Father reminds bishops of their duty to reaffirm the relationship of the Holy Eucharist to the moral life, especially for those who have responsibility for the common good. For Bishops to do less constitutes a failure to shepherd the flock entrusted into their care” (Divine Love Made Flesh: The Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity, by Raymond Cardinal Burke, released June 7, 2012, published by Thomas McKenna, longtime friend of Cardinal Burke, available from Catholic Action).
Cardinal Raymond Burke: “The Holy Father is giving a very clear lesson by his own insistence that the faithful receive [Holy Communion] kneeling and on the tongue… This is a decision which he obviously made with much thought and for good reasons; and so to me it is the case for us to teach the faithful once again about the reverence, due reverence for receiving Holy Communion and to encourage them to consider a return to that traditional form of Communion – kneeling and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue” (Uploaded Jan 10, 2011, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXzsyuytMlQ&feature=relmfu).
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka insists on kneeling and receiving on tongue: “When he became Archbishop of Sri Lanka’s capital city in 2009, Cardinal Ranjith made Eucharistic adoration his top priority. ‘As soon as I went to the diocese I felt that we needed to work for a true spiritual renewal of my people and, as a result, I declared a special year of the Eucharist… Now in every parish, Eucharistic chapels have sprung up and more adoration has become a common practice. I have also insisted that people must receive Holy Communion in a reverential manner, especially by kneeling and receiving on the tongue’” (Vatican City, Jun 23, 2011 / 01:18 pm, CNA/EWTN News).
“When the faithful communicate kneeling, no other sign of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament is required, since kneeling is itself a sign of adoration” (S.C.S.D.W., Inaestimabile Donum, 1980, No. 11).
Conference of Catholic Bishops: According to the Novus Ordo, the people kneel not only during the Consecration, but also “beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus until after the Amen of the Eucharistic prayer, that is before the Our Father” (Appendix to the General Instructions on the Roman Missal, No.21). “In the implementation of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, therefore, posture should not be regulated so rigidly as to forbid individual communicants from kneeling or sitting when returning from having received Holy Communion” (U.S. Bishops Committee on the Liturgy Newsletter, July 2003).
Paragraph 43 of the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal in Canada and elsewhere does not force you to stand in your pew after receiving Holy Communion. Bishops cannot forbid kneeling before, during and after Holy Communion (See Catholic Insight, May 2012, Letters to the Editor).
Bishops call for increased respect for sacredness of Eucharist: reception in the mouth, focus on preparing with confession: Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga M.I.C., from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, said that, “Among the liturgical innovations produced in the Western world, two in particular tend to cloud the visible aspect of the Eucharist, especially as regards its centrality and sacredness: the removal of the tabernacle from the center and the distribution of communion in the hand.” “Communion in the hand”, he said, “is spreading and even prevailing as being easier, as a kind of fashion. … Therefore, I humbly propose the following practical propositions: that the Holy See issue a universal regulation establishing the official way of receiving communion as being in the mouth and kneeling; with communion in the hand to be reserved for the clergy alone” (Vatican City, Oct 5, 2005, CNA).
Pope John Paul II, on Communion in the hand: “There is an apostolic letter that the existence of this special permission is valid. But I tell you, that I am not in favour of it… neither will I recommend it!” (Responding to a reporter from Stimme des Glaubens magazine, during his visit to Fulda, Germany in November 1980, 101 Times, Vol.4, No.2, 1992, Tel: 908-689-8792, USA).
Pope John Paul II: “I did not revoke what one of my predecessors has said about this… here, my dear priests and my dear brothers and sisters, only Communion on the tongue and kneeling is allowed… I say this to you as your bishop!” (Sermon, March 1, 1989, Ss Nome Di Maria Church, Rome, http://salbert.tripod.com/SALexNk.htm, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/905248/posts).
Albert Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, November 2007: “I mention, for example, a change not proposed by the Council Fathers or by the Sacrosanctum Concilium, Holy Communion received in the hand. This has contributed to some extent to a weakening of faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This, and the removal of altar rails and kneelers in church and the introduction of practices which oblige the faithful to sit or stand at the elevation of the Sacred Host, weakens the genuine significance of the Eucharist and the Church’s profound sense of adoration for the Lord, the Only Son of God” (http://communion-in-the-hand.org/quotations.html).
“As reported last year on Rorate the Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has restored in his archdiocese the practice of communion on the tongue only and while kneeling” and Altar rails were rebuilt (April 3, 2012, Rorate Caeli, http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/04/cardinal-ranjith-to-his-clergy.html, Adoratio Conference, Rome http://www.adoratio2011.com).
Cardinal Cipriani says Communion received kneeling and on the tongue is most reverent: “The most respectful manner of receiving the Eucharist is kneeling and on the tongue. We must recover the respect and reverence that the Eucharist deserves, because the love of Jesus is the center of our Christian life. The soul is at stake” (Lima, Peru, Sep 22, 2009 / 01:31 pm CNA).
Cardinal Arinze, Prefect, Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwrel&v=3Nmk9ty1clc (uploaded October 26, 2009, also see interviews with http://www.familyland.org).
“The faithful should receive Holy Communion kneeling. That is the traditional and preferred form in the Latin Rite, for Roman Catholics”. “If you believe that Christ is our God and is present, why don’t you kneel? Why don’t you crawl? Why not show, show respect!!!”
In favour of having/restoring Altar Rails: “It is easier for the priest and the people.” “It is very convenient – it works out.” The communion plate must be retained: “You just have to use them (Communion Plate/Paten).”
Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera recommends that Catholics receive Communion on the tongue, while kneeling: “It is to simply know that we are before God himself and that He came to us and that we are undeserving,” the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said in an interview. The cardinal’s remarks came in response to a question on whether Catholics should receive Communion in the hand or on the tongue. He recommended that Catholics “receive Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.” Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, “Is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling” (Lima, Peru, July 28, 2011 / 01:56 pm CNA).
Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise: “With Communion in the hand, a miracle would be required during each distribution of Communion to avoid some Particles from falling to the ground or remaining in the hand of the faithful…. Let us speak clearly: whoever receives Communion in the mouth not only follows exactly the tradition handed down but also the wish expressed by the last Popes and thus avoids placing himself in the occasion of committing a sin by negligently dropping a fragment of the Body of Christ” (San Luis, Argentina, 1997).
Father John Hardon, S.J., Founder of Eternal Life and the Marian Catechists: “Whatever you can do to stop Communion in the hand will be blessed by God.” “Behind Communion-in-the-hand – I wish to repeat and make as plain as I can – is a weakening, a conscious, a deliberate weakening of faith in the Real Presence” (November 1997).
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist are to be used at Mass for extraordinary circumstances only; for example, when the Mass would be “unduly prolonged”. It is a liturgical abuse to use them unnecessarily.
“The Manner of Receiving Holy Communion: 11. As with the issue of service at the altar by men and boys, the question of the manner of receiving Communion at celebrations of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite [1962 Roman Missal for the Traditional Mass] is settled by the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae (2011), which upholds the bindingness, in celebrations of the Extraordinary Form, of the liturgical law in force in 1962. This specifies that Holy Communion is to be received by the Faithful kneeling and on the tongue” (www.fiuv.org/docs, Leo Darroch, President, Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce, January 30, 2012).
“People don’t touch their tongues to germ-ridden surfaces such as shopping carts, door handles, noses, toilet handles, soiled tissues, etc. Hands are often laden with bacteria. Those who distribute Holy Communion should carefully place the Host on the tongue without touching anyone. More germs can be circulated through Communion given on hands. The tongue can also be a steadier surface. Local bishops do not have the authority to ban Holy Communion on the tongue” (Rev. Msgr. Vincent Foy, April 28, 2015).
Mother Teresa of Calcutta: “It is the custom in our Society, and my known wish, that the Sisters receive Holy Communion on the tongue, which to my knowledge they are doing everywhere” (India, 1995).
“Our late great Holy Father John Paul II exemplified this reverence, often pushing himself to heroic sacrifices in kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. Toward the end, when even this was impossible, he adored with his eyes and his heart.” (Zenit News ZE05082321, http://www.ewtn.com/library/liturgy/zlitur92.htm)
- All clergy and laity are invited to ask and encourage the faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and while kneeling; to come and kneel in a line or semi-circle in front of, along, and around the altar is the best proven and most efficient way, the common practice for centuries throughout the world.
- The use and restoration of an elevated step, mat or floor padding, pews or kneelers, communion rails, central Tabernacles, and the celebration of Mass facing the Lord with the congregation are suggested and encouraged where still needed.
Since I have received compliments for fidelity to the Church, a Catholic lawyer friend suggested that I publish something on this topic, which he researched and helped to prepare.
In the introduction to the book published in 2012, “A Spiritual Autobiography” by Servant of God Fr. John Hardon (1914-2000), internationally renowned theologian and adviser to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, wrote: “If there is one autobiography that has deeply shaped my life, it has been the story of St. Augustine. He credits himself only with the commission of his sins. He credits God with whatever good he has done.”
There is merit in cooperating with God’s grace and we do earn that. Just look at the saints. God rewards the good and punishes the wicked.
Who am I and why am I here?
“God made us. God is the Supreme Being Who made all things. God made us to show forth His Goodness, and to share with us His everlasting happiness in Heaven. To gain the happiness of Heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. We learn to know, love, and serve God from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who teaches us through the Catholic Church” (New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism).
All honour and glory belong to Almighty God: “I am nothing”.
Father John Hardon refers to the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and states: “God keeps us in existence by the same Almighty Love that brought us out of nothing into being in the first place. And this is something we cannot too often reflect on – our nothingness. And the great Doctor of the Church, ‘the great theologian of nothingness,’ as he has been called, is Saint John of the Cross. Oh, how deeply he realized that except for the loving omnipotence of God, we would be what we were before we became what we are, and that is nothing.”
Dom Lorenzo Scupoli wrote: “The Evil One even uses virtue to tempt us to sin, inflating our egos with exaggerated self-esteem and complacency to the point where we succumb to vainglory. Thus, we must be ceaselessly vigilant, cognizant of our own nothingness, our sinfulness, our appalling inadequacy, and ever mindful that we deserve nothing but eternal perdition. Let this remembrance be to us as a sword with which we defend ourselves from the insidious attacks of presumption and vanity; and let us fight with the vigour of a man struggling for his very life. Unquestionably, therefore, those things which we truly merit of our own power are scarcely worthy of self-esteem, let alone the esteem of others. For our glories can be traced to Heaven, but our sinfulness can be traced to ourselves”.
I am a sinner, trying to avoid sinning.
“For if any man think himself to be something, whereas he is nothing, he deceiveth himself” (Gal 6:3).
“Unless the Lord build a house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps 126).
“For it is God Who worketh in you both to will and to accomplish, according to the good-will” (Phil 2:13).
“Not that we are sufficient to think anything of ourselves, as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God” (2Cor 3:5).
“It is God alone Who gives us strength, light and Grace. I am far from giving a part only to God, and a part to myself. It all exclusively belongs to Him” (Saint John Chrysostom).
“Saint Paul lays down the general principle that of our natural strength and ability we are not able even to think, much less to wish or to do, anything supernaturally good and meritorious of life eternal. The beginning, as well as the completion, of each and every salutary act requires the Grace of God” (A Commentary On The New Testament, Washington, D.C.: 1942, pp. 488-489).
“For it is incontestable that the respect men pay you, and the good for which they honour you, are due to God. You rob Him, therefore, of all the merit, which you appropriate to yourself. Can any servant be more unfaithful than one who steals his Master’s glory?” (Venerable Louis of Granada)
Give all honour and glory to Almighty God.
“And upon a day appointed, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on the judgment-seat and made an oration to them. And the people with acclamations cried out: It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And forthwith an Angel of the Lord struck him, because he had not given honour to God: and eaten up by worms he expired” (Acts of Apostles 12: 21-23).
The humility of Our Lord Jesus:
Let us imitate the good example of Jesus Christ, our leader Who said “I can do nothing of myself.” (John 5:30); “I do nothing of myself.” (John 8:28); and “If I glory Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father that glorifieth Me” (John 8:54).
“Attribute nothing of good to ourselves”.
The Little Flower, doctor of the Church, counsels us: “‘A soul is not holy, the Saint explained, just because Our Lord uses it as an instrument.’ …We should try to grasp this truth,’ she added, ‘and attribute nothing of good to ourselves. No one actually possesses the virtues he practices, so let everything redound to the glory of God.’ …She never tired of repeating, ‘God has need of no one, so let us not take foolish pride in the thought that He decides to make use of us at times.’” – Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face (My Sister Saint Therese (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1997, pp. 204-205).
We obtain everything through the Blessed Virgin Mary.
How fortunate are we to have the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Spiritual Mother.
His Holiness Pope Pius IX proclaimed on February 2, 1849, in Ubi primum, On The Immaculate Conception, what a significant and necessary role Our Blessed Mother Mary plays in our salvation.
“Our confidence, as you know well, Venerable Brethren, is found in the Blessed Virgin Mary. For, God has committed to Mary the Treasury of all good things, in order that everyone may know that through Her are obtained every hope, every grace, and all salvation. For this is His Will, that we obtain everything through Mary.”
Regarding compliments that I have received, I sincerely thank those persons who made them and redirect them all to Almighty God. It is good to thank people and to be grateful.
I thank the Blessed Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, for creating me, for calling me to be a priest, and for all the innumerable graces, and benefits that I received from them, through Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, and Queen of Heaven and Earth.
I also thank Almighty God that I was born into a practising Catholic Family, for my dear father, my dear mother and all my dear brothers and sisters – for all the love, affection, support and encouragement they showered upon me, the prayers they recited for me, the good example they gave me in their faithful saying of our daily prayers, attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, recitation of the daily family Rosary and the practice of other devotions of our Catholic Faith.
I also wish to thank everyone during my life that is due thanks.
In making this statement my intent is to give all honour and glory to Almighty God before I die and meet Him face to face for the final judgment.
Msgr. Vincent Foy, April 23, 2015, Copies to be made available at my Visitation/Funeral.
Copies of my writings on this website and some that have not been previously published will be made and are available upon request for ordering in soft cover (or hard cover) book form. Contact us or details to follow on this website with specific ordering links and information. Even upon my death, this will continue to be a non-profit endeavour and 100% of any proceeds or donations will go towards charitable works including the pro-life movement, the fostering of prayer and perpetual Eucharistic adoration, orthodox catechesis, Marian devotion, proper liturgy and the sanctification and salvation of souls.
In 2000, I was asked to do this video interview. As I noted at the beginning, someone once told me that priests are ordained and bishops are consecrated, but monsignors are created, which means something is made out of nothing.
In any case, a copy of the interview is posted here on my Youtube account:
I was pleased to see the following letter to the Editor in the March issue of Catholic Insight magazine:
Teilhard in “Hostage to the Devil”
I am writing to clarify a few points related to Fr. Tony Van Hee’s sad defence of the banned writings of Teilhard de Chardin.
Msgr. Foy is correct. On record (that is, based on what has been reported), Teilhard de Chardin made no public retraction for his errors before he died. Promoting heretical writings promotes heresy. Dabbling is dangerous.
Malachi Martin’s book “Hostage to the Devil – The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans” is described on the back cover as “a controversial non-fiction best seller” and is purported to be “a chilling and true account of possession and exorcism in North America….” One of those five reported cases, was that of a priest, who apparently became possessed after reading Teilhard de Chardin’s forbidden writings.
M.T.M., Toronto, ON
Recently, concerned clergy, parents and educators have approached me regarding present and proposed radical sex-education programs. I have written this statement in response.
Comments on Sex Education, Updated March 12, 2015
First, I would like to state that, regarding educational guidance in human love, group instruction in biological details is contrary to Church teaching. Modesty, chastity, respect for parents, sin, the means of grace and the formation of conscience are proper content to be considered in the classroom.
I wrote a booklet “From Winnipeg to Fully Alive” in protest against the Fully Alive program when it was first introduced in Catholic schools in Ontario (see article under Catholic Education section at http://www.msgrfoy.com). This was a critique/condemnation of the published edition of this sex-education program at that time, in 1992. Apparently, there is an updated 2012 version of the Fully Alive program used in Ontario Catholic schools now, but I have been too ill to critique that current edition. There are teachers who simply would not and still do not teach the Fully Alive program and I have received complaints from parents about it just this week.
Do I have anything to say about Ontario’s radical sex education program?
I recently signed a petition at http://www.lifesitenews.com to protest the introduction of Kathleen Wynne’s sex education program. I am opposed to this explicit sex-education curriculum that Liberal and lesbian Kathleen Wynne would like to implement in September of this year. Parents across Ontario are still petitioning that it not be introduced in schools. Taxpayers’ dollars should not go into corrupting children and stealing the innocence of our students. Wynne’s program violates Judeo-Christian morality and the religious beliefs of Ontario parents. Studies have shown that classroom sex-education is concomitant with an increase in teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, promiscuity and fornication, abortion, and spiritual devastation.
The curriculum victimizes children by desensitizing them in the sacred and private area of sexuality. I see it as a form of sexual abuse. On March 3, 2015, Lifesitenews reported “The new elementary school sex education curriculum just unveiled by Ontario’s Liberal and lesbian premier, Kathleen Wynne, is a ‘disaster,’ and amounts to ‘sexual abuse,’ according to psychotherapists interviewed by LifeSiteNews. ‘Any action which sexualizes a child before he or she is ready is sexual abuse,’ said Dr. Robert McDonald, a retired psychotherapist and medical doctor. ‘Therefore so-called sex-ed for children before puberty is an act of sexual abuse.’”
I would not endorse the current 2012 Fully Alive family resource, for theme three, grade 3 (7/8 year olds) describing the marital act in detail, including male and female genitalia.
I am edified to hear that Archbishop Prendergast has spoken out against it. Many are petitioning members of parliament to stop this program from being implemented. I hope this will happen. I am not certain if Kathleen Wynne threatened to withhold funding from Catholic schools if they do not go along with some inclusion of her program.
I was told Cardinal Collins recently stated that updates for the implementation of Wynne’s program will only be made to the existing family life education program, in line with Catholic teachings. (As noted above however, in 1992 I wrote my critique of the Fully Alive program used in Catholic Schools at that time. Just yesterday, I received complaints from concerned Catholic parents who believe the program is still inappropriate and are therefore withdrawing their children from the Catholic school system. Even a program with a local bishop’s Imprimatur is not guaranteed to be suitable for children and youth).
Besides Catholic schools that are obligated to uphold Catholic teachings, children who attend public and private schools need to be protected against such an evil indoctrination into sinful behaviours. Wynne’s radical sex-education program does not respect the latency period and is harmful to children. It will lead to corruption in society and further demolition of the family.
In light of the current threat of Kathleen Wynne to introduce more radical sex education, I would like to state some of the principal teachings of the Church on sex education:
- “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centers chosen and controlled by them. In this regard the Church re-affirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education.” (Familiaris Consortio, 37)
- “Education for chastity is absolutely essential.” (ibid.)
- “Christian parents, discerning the signs of God’s Will, will devote special attention and care to educate in virginity or celibacy as the supreme form of that self-giving that constitutes the very meaning of human sexuality.” (ibid.)
- “The Church is firmly opposed to an often widespread form of imparting sex information dissociated from moral principles.” (ibid.)
- “The fact remains ever valid that in regard to the more intimate aspects, whether biological or affective, an individual education should be bestowed, preferably within the sphere of the family.” (Educational Guideline, n. 58)
- “Speaking generally, during the period of childhood, it suffices to employ those remedies which produce the double effect of opening the door to the virtue of purity and closing the door upon vice.” (From the encyclical of Pope Pius XI)
These teachings and guidelines of the Church are not followed in radical sex-education.
On March 5, 2015, lawyer Gwen Landolt, released a press release from Real Women of Canada, exposing that Kathleen Wynne and Lis Sandals, Minister of Education, lied to the public and covered up that Benjamin Levin, who was recently convicted of being a child predator, was in charge of the new sex-ed curriculum. Gwen Landolt stated: “This curriculum is not acceptable and should be withdrawn so that it can be properly reviewed and allow parents opportunity to be consulted on its contents.”
What else can be done about the present and potential future problems?
More families who are able to do so could decide to home-school.
Cardinal Ambrozic stated that parents or guardians are free to have their children withdrawn from the existing family life education (Fullly Alive) program.
“It’s actually in the Education Act that a parent has the right to withdraw their child from content they don’t want their child to receive,” Education Minister Liz Sandals said in an interview with the National Post. However, the fallout and spreading of the teachings of this program across the curriculum, makes it virtually impossible to enforce a total exemption.
For Catholics who cannot homeschool, an exemption form could be completed at the school and/or parish level, perhaps inserted in school or parish bulletins. As noted earlier, I have not read or critiqued the current family life education (Fully Alive) program used in Ontario Catholic schools, or any proposed updates or editions, so I don’t have a right to and cannot consent to give my own endorsement of it.
For public or private schools, parents or parental guardians can and should exercise their right to protect and remove their children from Wynne’s program by signing a waiver to have them exempted from attending sex-education classes. A letter could simply be provided by or submitted to the school principal and a copy given to the child’s sex-ed/family-life/phys-ed and health/teachers, to note the names of students to be exempted.
Exempting students from sex-education programs:
For example, a form letter could be used:
Dear Principal ________________,
I _______________ (name of parent or guardian) hereby request that the following students __________________ (names of students) be exempted from the sex-education curriculum and classes.
Signature of Parent or Parental Guardian
Msgr. Vincent Foy, Canon Lawyer, Former Director of Catechetics, Archdiocese of Toronto