I watched Padre Pio – Miracle Man on DVD last night. The neighbors know I’ve been mentioning Padre Pio on the blog, and gave me the DVD to watch. In was made in the 1990′s, copyrighted in 2000, and started to be redistributed by Ignatius Press in 2006.
Padre Pio’s canonization was in 2002 in the very midst of the sex abuse crisis, in the very midst, in fact, of The Judas Crisis. I think that Father Gordon MacRae (about) is on to something when he said that Pope John Paul II scheduled the canonization with a specific purpose in mind (see here).
If you’ve seen this film back in 2000, now is the time to see it again. You will be surprised at what you now see in the film, namely, the most horrific example of The Judas Crisis to date, though it started, in his case, in the early part of the last century and continued until the day of his death.
The pain of the stigmata was nothing compared to the betrayal he knew from among his own brethren in religious life, from priests, from bishops, archbishops, cardinals, from local ordinaries to unfortunate examples of the priesthood in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in the Secretariat of State. He had the backing of many of the popes, but that didn’t matter to those who were so easily bent to be agents of Satan himself in Padre Pio’s persecution.
Here on Amazon: Padre Pio Miracle Man.
Padre Pio is very quickly becoming my all time favorite saint. I had lots of emotions during this film, including rage at those who ordered his confessional bugged with listening equipment. They should excommunicated post-mortem, just to make a statement, no matter where that order came from, however high up in the hierarchy. Remember, The Judas Crisis does not admit to a limit of evil.
But with our Lord there is no limit of goodness and kindness, and that is what we see with our Lord Jesus shining out from within this Father called Pio. Thanks be to God.