Catholic Family News

St. Peter in Chains and Spiritual Bondage

August 2020 Edition Now Available – Preview HERE

Dear Friends in Christ,

Prior to changes made to the liturgical calendar in 1960 under Pope John XXIII, August 1 was traditionally the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, commemorating among other things the following episode recorded in Scripture:

“And at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the Church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. … And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the Pasch, to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains…” (Acts 12:1-6).

In answer to the fervent prayers of the Church, God sent an angel to liberate St. Peter from prison and, as we read in the Book of Acts, “the chains fell off from his hands” (Acts 12:7). The Prince of the Apostles was once again free to preach the Gospel and fulfill his mission.

Since 1960, the year this feast was discarded, the Successors of St. Peter, together with most of the Church’s hierarchy, have likewise been in chains – not the physical sort composed of metal links, but rather spiritual bondage to various modern errors which wormed their way into the Second Vatican Council and continue to inhibit the Church’s mission (e.g., ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, religious liberty, etc.).

We thank God for raising up Archbishop Viganò and Bishop Schneider to denounce those errors in our day, just as He raised up Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro Mayer in decades past. As we continue to spread the word about the noble efforts of these prelates, let us also pray fervently for the deliverance of Peter’s Successor from bondage to modern errors.

Amidst your prayers for the Pope and all your special intentions, we at Catholic Family News also ask for your prayers and continued support of our apostolate. Although our office remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we remain operational and are working hard to bring you news, analysis, commentary, catechesis, and other resources to keep you informed and growing in the Faith (click HERE to subscribe or renew your current subscription).

May Our Lady, whose Assumption we celebrate later this month (Aug. 15), cover us all under her mantle of protection and lead us ever closer to her Divine Son!

In Corde Iesu per Mariam,

Matt Gaspers, Managing Editor

Matt Gaspers

Matt Gaspers

Matt Gaspers is the Managing Editor of Catholic Family News. He was asked by John Vennari (1958-2017), longtime Editor of CFN and stalwart defender of the Faith, to carry on CFN’s important work shortly before Mr. Vennari’s passing. In addition to writing for CFN, Mr. Gaspers has also been published by The Fatima Crusader, OnePeterFive, and LifeSiteNews. His study and writing interests include theology, Church history, Fatima, Islam, and the spiritual life. He has spoken at conferences hosted by Catholic Family News and the Fatima Center. He and his wife, together with their children, reside in Colorado.

Matt Gaspers

Matt Gaspers

Matt Gaspers is the Managing Editor of Catholic Family News. He was asked by John Vennari (1958-2017), longtime Editor of CFN and stalwart defender of the Faith, to carry on CFN’s important work shortly before Mr. Vennari’s passing. In addition to writing for CFN, Mr. Gaspers has also been published by The Fatima Crusader, OnePeterFive, and LifeSiteNews. His study and writing interests include theology, Church history, Fatima, Islam, and the spiritual life. He has spoken at conferences hosted by Catholic Family News and the Fatima Center. He and his wife, together with their children, reside in Colorado.