Monday, June 24, 2019


DIES irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla. 
THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say. 
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus! 
What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind! 
Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum. 
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne. 
Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
iudicanti responsura. 
Now death and nature with surprise
behold the trembling sinners rise
to meet the Judge's searching eyes. 
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus iudicetur. 
Then shall with universal dread
the Book of Consciences be read
to judge the lives of all the dead. 
Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit. 
For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here. 
Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus?
cum vix iustus sit securus. 
O what shall I, so guilty plead?
and who for me will intercede?
when even Saints shall comfort need? 
Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis. 
O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me! 
Recordare Iesu pie,
quod sum causa tuae viae:
ne me perdas illa die. 
Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake
you did our suffering nature take
then do not now my soul forsake! 
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:
redemisti crucem passus:
tantus labor non sit cassus. 
In weariness You sought for me,
and suffering upon the tree!
let not in vain such labor be. 
Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis. 
O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day. 
Ingemisco, tamquam reus:
culpa rubet vultus meus:
supplicanti parce Deus. 
Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek;
deep shame and grief are on my cheek;
in sighs and tears my sorrows speak. 
Qui Mariam absolvisti,
et latronem exaudisti,
mihi quoque spem dedisti. 
You Who did Mary's guilt unbind,
and mercy for the robber find,
have filled with hope my anxious mind. 
Preces meae non sunt dignae:
sed tu bonus fac benigne,
ne perenni cremer igne. 
How worthless are my prayers I know,
yet, Lord forbid that I should go
into the fires of endless woe. 
Inter oves locum praesta,
et ab haedis me sequestra,
statuens in parte dextera. 
Divorced from the accursed band,
o make me with Your sheep to stand,
as child of grace, at Your right Hand. 
Confutatis maledictis,
flammis acribus addictis.
voca me cum benedictis. 
When the doomed can no more flee
from the fires of misery
with the chosen call me. 
Oro supplex et acclinis,
cor contritum quasi cinis:
gere curam mei finis. 
Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie,
my heart like ashes, crushed and dry,
assist me when I die. 
Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus. 
Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past. 
Pie Iesu Domine,
dona eis requiem. Amen. 
Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest,
grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.


rcg said...

Does anyone explore the minds of these men to discover why they did ot and now admit to it? Does anyone investigate why the bishops cover up for them and push away the damaged children to fend for themselves? Do the bishops see the children as unworthy of help? Do the bishops worry more about the priest? Why?

Victor said...

The dies Irae is for all sinners. There is hope through God's mercy for those who repent of their sins, as the last verse says.

Winston said...

Father, what Bishops did he serve under in your Diocese?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

RCG, all you write is the mystery of iniquity in this whole mess. It is mind-boggling to say the least. The presets themselves are amoral, unscrupulous, perverted and out of control, the bishops are suits with no real compassion for not only actual victims but would-be victims. Caveat Redemptor--buyer beware.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

W. Bishop Lessard ordained him despite letters written by a number of priests at the time counseling him against doing so. I am not really sure how much anyone actually knew at the time about what he was doing. I think most were worried by his attraction to teenage boys but may not wanted to believe it went beyond that and those he was courting wanted his attention. But certainly, if Virtus Training had been available back then as it is today, all the red flags were there and there might have been more intervention and prevention of his access to kids even by the laity, especially parents who invited him into their homes and molestation took place with them there! But the kids said nothing.

Bishop Lessard, though, started developing protocols by the late 1980's to deal with these situations, calling law enforcement, due process, etc. He also suspended Brown from ministry by 1987 or so.

John Nolan said...

The first thing Catholics should pray for is the soul of the deceased. Brown pleaded guilty which amounts to a confession, and neither you nor I know the exent to which he repented, or the exact circumstances of his death. Even murderers can be reconciled to the Church before they die.

Secondly, we pray for the souls of all the faithful departed. The Requiem Mass (in its traditional form, not modern travesties of the rite) has, as a comparatively late addition, the Dies Irae sequence; but this is not central to the Mass (although composers from Mozart to Britten have made it so on account of its dramatic content).

After we have done this, we can certainly pray for the victims. Were they just the two boys, or were there others? The report doesn't say.

'I know where I'm going and I believe I won't see him there'. A shocking comment, presuming one's own salvation and another's damnation. He may be right in the sense that this comment alone almost guarantees it, but not in the way he imagines.

Presumption of God's mercy is one of the sins against the Holy Ghost.

John Nolan said...

Caveat Redemptor - let the Redeemer beware?

Try 'caveat emptor'.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Must have been auto correct! 😢

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Although Redeemer Beware in this case ain’t bad! 😇

Anonymous said...

“Bishop Lessard, though, started developing protocols by the late 1980's to deal with these situations, calling law enforcement, due process, etc. He also suspended Brown from ministry by 1987 or so.”

Which was TEN YEARS after he was transferred to Augusta to wreak havoc here, already having abused boys elsewhere.

DJR said...

John Nolan said..."Even murderers can be reconciled to the Church before they die."

Google "Servant of God Jacques Fesch" for an example.

Paul McCarthy said...

We the laity cannot rely on our shepherds then or now. We need to standup and be loud and not silent as our parents were while the church was wreaked in the 70’s.

Father on another note look who’s smiling face is on this page. I wonder how many of our diocesan priest’s are members of the AUSCP? I’m going to begin researching. I can think of one or two.

Coach K said...

In addition to mulling this monster’s fate, don’t forget to thank the brave victims who come forward to testify, the news reporters who investigate these cases and the prosecutors who put the perverts away. All three are often defamed by church conservatives.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Yes, all of them must be thanked, but it wasn’t just conservatives who criticized the press for singleminded focus on Catholic priests although WTOC did quite a bit of investigative reporting on a coaching scandal.

There are many victims, especially from Augusta, who have not come forward.

But what about Wayland’s eternal salvation or damnation. Does he deserve a Catholic funeral, Masses said for the happy repose of his soul? And his victims who have a righteous anger/hatred for him, will they be reconciled with him, if in fact Wayland is in heaven?

Anonymous said...

"But what about Wayland’s eternal salvation or damnation."

Well, what about it? Is it possible? Certainly. Do we know one way or the other? Certainly not.

If, by the grace and mercy of God, he is welcomed into the heavenly banquet, and if his victims are as well, there is no doubt that they will be reconciled in heaven.

Fr Martin Fox said...


You raise a question I've pondered a lot. Here are some of my thoughts.

I think that even when someone ends up like this, that doesn't mean he was corrupt from the beginning. It's certainly possible, of course, but that may be the easy way out. Much more sobering is to consider that someone can start off with the right intentions and practices, but still end up where this priest did.

How? Several ways. It really is possible for someone to be seduced by blatant evil -- so you have these claims of hidden satanism. I don't deny it can happen; but I think such extraordinary claims require strong evidence.

What seems a far more likely path is seduction by sin itself. That involves only small steps, but enough small steps and you've walked from France to China. What's more, if someone starts rationalizing, meanwhile resisting grace, it's frightening to think where one can end up. By "resisting grace," I mean someone who doesn't take advantage of the sacrament of confession, doesn't pray faithfully, doesn't seek his own ongoing conversion, and resists other warning signs God surely would provide. After awhile it surely must become easier to do, until it's almost auto-pilot, don't you think?

No doubt these cases involve people with some disordered affections from the get-go. However, I suspect you have cases with people who probably would have been fine, except that something infects them; and that something I have in mind is pornography. The more I read and think about this, I am convinced that porn can really warp people.

What many don't appreciate is that pornography in 2019 is worlds different from what it was even 20 years ago. The sheer volume of what is available to any one individual has exploded. Back in the day, you had to go to a store in a seedy part of town, or else get things through the mail. Then you had to turn lots of pages or scan through a video. Now, a porn consumer can access what would have been an impossible library immediately, with the slightest flick of a finger on a keyboard or mouse. It's all much more immersive, and the trend is toward it becoming worse. I'm obviously not an expert in the workings of the mind, but all this seems well designed to addict, and along the way, warp, the consumer in ways just not possible before.

There's one more, related, development we've seen in recent years that I expect will play a greater role: that is the readier access to, and normalization of, various extreme and bizarre fetishes and fantasies. There have always been all manner of dark fantasies that people indulge as part of sexual satisfaction; and there have been communities of such interests, if you looked hard enough. But again, before the Internet, this wasn't very easy and more risky. But today, you can find whatever you want with a Google search. What's more, all this seems so much more socially acceptable, especially when you have a book like Fifty Shades of Grey so widely distributed, and even made into a "mainstream" film. And of course there are all the bizarre "lifestyles" on parade, and not only as part of "Pride." All manner of things are becoming both "thinkable" and "speakable."

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

With Wayland and evidently so many who were/are of his ilk, the bishop did not heed the concerns of his very own priests in terms of the suitability of this candidate even when a seminarian or before that. I blame Vatican II for this idea that people are able to be fixed and I really think Bishop Lessard thought he could do that or that it was puritanical to expect perfect people for the priesthood. Who knows. I do think that Bishop Lessard did not think much of what victims experienced and if teenagers he may have thought they were to blame for it.

The great mystery is why Bishop Lessard ordained him when so many clergy were raising red flags, at then at what point, if ever, did he actually know that Brown was sexually abusing minors and why he did not inform the police at the time? I do know that many bishops felt then and maybe some now, that there was no legal requirement for them to report their priests and in fact I think that could stand up in law at the time. But the question really for church leaders should be formed in moral terms and what is best for the victims and would be victims.

I wonder too if these bishops as well as the priests were molested themselves as teenagers and maybe didn't think it a big deal from their perspective??????

I think if there was ever a case where a priestly ordination could be annulled, meaning it was never valid due to the disordered affections of the candidate and his lack of willingness to accept celibacy, Wayland's is the case.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Fr., I don’t think Lessard cared about the victims at all, and maybe even blamed them. Meanwhile, those of us forced by Brown’s transfers by Lessard to receive our Sacraments from him were likewise victimized, just not sexually. And the poor good priest put in charge of him in Augusta, forced to live with him, then later named Vicar General in charge of it all, ended up leaving the priesthood. So many victims, so little care...