Militant & Les Femmes Bid
Fond Farewell to Fr. John Hardon
On December 30th, the Church Militant lost a beloved warrior,
Father John Hardon, S.J. His impact on the Church in the United States
over the past 60 years is immeasurable. Examine any good thing since Vatican
II and youíre likely to find Fr. Hardonís fingerprints on it: Catholic
Distance University, Eternal Life, Inter Mirifica, Catholic Faith
Magazine, and the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association
to name a few. Father was also a champion of home schooling families often
calling their home schools the monasteries of the 20th century
and the true hope of the Church.
Among Fr. Hardonís most famous spiritual sons and daughters were Mother
Teresa of Calcutta and Tom Monaghan, the Dominos Pizza mogul. In her latter
years Mother Teresa consulted Fr. Hardon for spiritual direction and asked
him to train her sisters as Marian catechists. Tom Monaghan turned his
time and fortune to charitable works after Father warned itís hard to
get into heaven with all that money.
Femmes canít claim a long friendship with Father Hardon. We first
met in 1994 to ask his advice on establishing an organization to fight
radical feminism. Weíd held a mock funeral on the Capitol steps complete
with coffin and pallbearers to lay to rest the remnants of feminist ideology,
and intended to publish a quarterly newsletter. Father read our mission
statement and encouraged the plan, originally secular. But a few months
later Call to Action (CTA), a group of radical Catholics, began
meeting in our diocesan parishes advancing their agenda of abortion, contraception,
women priests, etc. aided and abetted by clergy. It was clear the fight
was in the Church.
The first issue of The Truth rolled off the copy machine at Kinkoís
in January of 1996 with photos and a story about eight Les Femmes
members arrested for trespassing at a Call to Action meeting held
at Christ the Redeemer in Sterling. It went to every priest in the diocese,
a handful of supporters, and Fr. Hardon. Later, on three separate occasions,
Father encouraged the work of Les Femmes twice during private
conferences on retreat and once in a brief encounter at a home schooling
conference. It was unfortunate, he said, but the crisis in the Church
made newsletters like ours inevitable and necessary.
Weíll miss you, Father. You inspired us with your single-hearted
dedication to the faith, your incredible energy, and your unflagging charity
despite persecution. We know you wonít leave us orphaned. Ora
pro nobis. [For
a biography and other articles about Fr. Hardon see the Fr. Hardon link.
Prayer for the Glorification of
Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
We thank you, O Lord! for having blessed your Church with
the untiring service of your priest, John Hardon. May he, from heaven,
continue his mission and obtain for us the strength and the intelligence
to proclaim and defend the truth with genuine fidelity to the Catholic
Faith and the charity he drew from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Grant us,
we pray, the favors we ask through his intercession and raise him to the
honors of the altar. Amen.
His Eminence, Edouard Cardinal Gagnon,