First Sunday in Lent is now renamed “Litigation Sunday”

First Sunday in Lent, with donkeys

First Sunday in Lent, with donkeys

Like many other Catholics who keep up with news of the Church on Twitter and on various blogs and social media, I decided to quit the comment boards for Lent. But Sunday is not a fast day in Lent.  (See the interesting discussion on the matter on Fr Hunwicke’s blog: So when does Lent start for mathematicians? )  Today is the First Sunday in Lent, but it seems that some Vatican officials under the present Pope Francis are now renaming it Litigation Sunday.

Matilde spends the first Sunday in Lent quietly reflecting on the donkey's role in the Passion story

Matilde spends the first Sunday in Lent quietly reflecting on the donkey’s role in the Passion story

Father Thomas Rosica, a key spokesman in the Vatican, has set his lawyers on a Catholic blogger for criticizing his publicly stated views as being heterodox. This letter threatening legal action has been sent to a Canadian family man and blogger David Domet (who runs the blog Vox Cantoris that few of us in Europe had even heard of before this) and he has until the end of today, henceforth to be known as Litigation Sunday, to withdraw his remarks from his blog and apologize.

Morris spends Lent braying and fasting

Morris spends Lent braying and fasting

Seeing a Catholic blogger attacked in this way by a bullying Vatican official using quite inappropriate legal methods, instead of taking the criticism of his heterodoxy on the chin and arguing back, I do not think those of us who had planned a quiet Lent retreat away from the Catholic comment boxes can now remain silent.  All should publish and republish the words of David Domet and put links to his blog on all our blogs.  Here are the criticisms of Fr Thomas Rosica action against David Domet and the Vox Cantoris blog:

[The readings for this Sunday are: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:12-15]

[The readings for this Sunday are: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:12-15]

 On this First Sunday in Lent, Fr Thomas Rosica reflects on the readings on his own blog, in a piece called (remarkably) The Ways of the Desert, in which he says: “And in the midst of the desert we hear what God will do if we open our hearts to him and allow him to make our own deserts bloom. The ways of the desert were deep within the heart of Jesus, and it must be the same for all who would follow him.”  Oh yes?  What hypocrisy!

So on this Litigation Sunday let us join Fr Thomas Rosica and sue all those whose criticisms of our religious views we disagree with.  This reflects very badly on the regime of Pope Francis, the idol of the liberals and the left.  But then, the authoritarian left always did have a bit of a problem with free speech, didn’t it?


1000 viewers of this blog post in 24 hours. More than any other topic I ever blogged about!  The Vatican internet bully Fr Thomas Rosica has become an overnight blog sensation. Oh dear, Pope Francis: this doesn’t look good for your  “Team Bergoglio” does it?

The Fr Thomas Rosica effect on blog hits

The Fr Thomas Rosica effect on blog hits

A very good account of this matter is to be found on Mark Lambert’s blog.

If you want an explanation of the issues in Spanish, go to  @FatherRosica is now generating a whole load of new contacts. Just found a list of Latin Masses in Spain thanks to this business!

Also there is a Michael Voris piece on video now…


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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14 Responses to First Sunday in Lent is now renamed “Litigation Sunday”

  1. Grandpa Zeke says:

    Meditating on the photos of Matilde and Morris has put me in such a state of bliss that I cannot focus on the substance of your post. So sorry. Whatever your donkey’s theology is, I want it. 🙂

  2. lyndairish says:

    This is simple intimidation. Just more unbecoming behaviour from any Catholic, never mind a priest, who ought to be holy and concerned with the salvation of souls.

    Mr Domet has not defamed Fr Rosica – he has not made a false statement that has caused damage to his reputation (as for his prior reputation, Fr Rosica was well known for his manifold opposition to the Faith and moral law via Salt and Light). True statements, opinion and fair comment are what constituted Mr Domet’s statements in reference to Fr Rosica. Such are not defamatory. There is no statement that Fr Rosica could show to be false and damaging to his reputation in the eyes of “right thinking” people.
    It is also clear, that quite apart from the civil law, there has been no intrinsic falsehood, no grave matter, and that Mr Domet is speaking the truth for the good of the Church and individual souls. Thank God for his efforts. He ought to be supported in this by bishops and priests.

  3. grace says:

    Litigation Sunday!!!!!!

    Good one!

  4. Brother Lapin, Frere Rabbit,

    Thank you for speaking out in defense of Vox Cantoris and joining the numerous bloggers condemning Fr. Rosica’s unjustified threat of litigation.

    Hopping down the bunny trail and wishing you a blessed Lent, sixlittlerabbits

  5. orthodoxgirl99 says:

    Gorgeous photos of the donks! Not really au fait with the current situation re Fr Rosica and his ‘crew’, so won’t comment but to say I love the quip “Litigation Sunday”! Many blessings to you and the donks this Lententide 🙂

  6. piliersdelaterre says:

    They are magnificent! They put all this into perspective- we should turn and live with the animals. Mathilda and Morris for (joint) Pope ?

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Well, the donkeys certainly seem more popular than Fr Thomas Rosica. What do you think of that, @FatherRosica ? Oh, I see. You are going to sue the donkeys. (Sigh)

  8. scarygoat61 says:

    I am going to sue Eccles (again) for defamatory remarks about goats. 😦

  9. Frere Rabit says:

    And I’m going to sue the Archbishop of Canterbury for the damage inflicted on my soul while I was a member of the Church of England from 1985 to 1992 (and again for a brief spell towards the end of 2009, but this would be more difficult to prove, as it was self-inflicted).

  10. I like creating all types of muffins and discovering
    new recipes to have a go. I have enjoyed looking at your blog but I havn’t discovered anything that captivates me.
    Do you have any amazing recipes I could quite possibly have?

  11. Frere Rabit says:

    Certainly, I have a recipe for you. Get some straw, mix it with alfalfa (about 25%) and feed it to donkeys. I’m sure you would find that far more rewarding than trolling poeople’s donkey blogs for no purpose whatsoever.

    God bless 🙂

  12. Donna Ruth says:

    First, you must clear up a mystery for me. Is that you or the donkey taking the selfie?
    Next, God bless you for taking up Mr. Domet’s cause! As Cardinal Raymond Burke has suggested, it is never scripturally prudent to be found litigating against fellow Christians. Oremus.

  13. Frere Rabit says:

    We don’t refer to them as “selfies” here but group portraits. The camera is operated by nextdoor’s cat who is quite good at donkey portraiture. I was happy to step in and do my bit to help David Domet, and I’m glad that I managed to get the support of Bishop Schneider, who outranks the mean-spirited Fr Rosica – the spin doctor of the now completely spun out “Team Bergoglio.”

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