Edgardo Levi-Mortara was a child during the reign of Pope Pius IX. A Catholic servant girl baptized him when he was gravely ill. His Jewish parents knew nothing of it at first but when it came to the Pope's attention he took steps to preserve the little Catholic in the true Faith. In accordance with Papal State law, the Holy Father had little Mortara removed from his parents and raised at the Vatican where the Catholic Faith could be nourished and preserved. The fruit of such heroic efforts by the Pope was a vocation to the priesthood for Edgardo. Today's corrupt world, in an effort to tie the great harlot "church" of Vatican II with true Catholicity, is beginning to turn it's attention to this admirable case of virtue and sacrifice. Hollywood will soon be producing and releasing a movie about it. We can imagine the effort to disgrace and slander the Holy Father, Pius IX, will be flagrant in their manifest hatred of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith and in an effort to seal the condemnation of souls who may someday seek the true Faith. Edgardo, Pio Maria in religious life, wrote an account of his life and the situation with the Catholic Church and Pope Pius IX as a deposition for the cause of Beatification. Hollywood would portray the written account as much rubbish from a mind deceived and manipulated by an enemy. In reality, the account is well written by Pio Maria, he is of sound mind and speaks of the great grace God gave him to never miss his parents when they left him after visits. Hollywood doesn't understand graces from God. Below you will find his full account. Let those whom God leads to the truth find this article and be comforted by the absolute truth, not the lies of Satan's Hollywood producers who seek nothing less than to cheat mankind of the truth and the reign of Christ the King over our hearts and minds.
Published: July 6, 2014 - Feast of Maria Goretti
Published: July 6, 2014 - Feast of Maria Goretti
DEPOSITION FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF POPE PIUS IX
§1663: Sweet penances.
He even wanted to carry out the role of Master of Novices, making me practice humility and mortification. On March 11, 1868, in the Basilica of Saint Gregory on Mount Celio, I was with my religious brothers for the first vespers of the feast of that great doctor, when we heard the sound of all the bells, and the arrival of His Holiness was announced. I prostrated myself with my companions on the floor of the basilica, and when the Holy Father passed by, I wanted to kiss his feet. I butted into his knee with my forehead in my youthful exuberance with such force that the Holy Father lost his balance and was about to fall, had not a domestic prelate supported him. At the moment, the Pope was content to fix his gaze on me. When he arrived at the so-called triclinium where Saint Gregory served the poor, he gently addressed me: "But, what have you done today? It would be beautiful if they went away saying that Mortara wanted to kill the Pope, after he wanted only the best for him. Now you will have to do penance. Kiss the floor." Which I did promptly. "That is not enough," His Holiness added, "make three crosses with your tongue." When he saw my blind obedience, he turned to those around him with a graceful smile. "Look," he said, "how he obeys. The religious of today take vows of obedience!" Then he blessed me, saying to me more or less these words, "Next time, be more careful!" I note that such penances were very common in the schools and colleges, even for minor faults.
§1664: The witness fled from the snares of the liberals.
The fatherly care of the Holy Father was particularly revealed on the occasion of the political events of 1870. After the Piedmont troops entered into Rome in those days of anarchy that preceded the forming of the new government, a mob that the police was unable to control turned toward Saint Peter in Chains to abduct me, after having already torn the neophyte Coen from the school of the Piarists. However, providentially, this did not take place. Pius IX, worried about my fate, asked several times if I had been taken out of Rome. When he was then informed of my escape, he said these exact words, "We thank the Lord that Mortara has escaped."
Pius IX's blessing accompanied me in everything. Most of all, it gave me the strength and the courage not to give in to the injunctions and threats of the liberal authorities, who wanted to force me, despite my religious vows, to return to my family, exposed to the danger of perjuring myself or even becoming an apostate. In fact, Mr. Berti, prefect of the police, came to Saint Peter in Chains, scolding me and asking me to satisfy the public, which was irritated by the "excesses of the theocratic power," by returning to my family. I observed that it wasn't the place for such satisfaction, since I had just given my father [who was at that time] in Rome all the proofs of most tender filial affection. "Be that as it may," responded the prefect, "for your own good and for that of your community, I command you to return to your family."
§1665: His Excellency Lamarmora received the witness in audience.
The police followed my every step, and every night they placed guards near the convent to prevent an escape. In order to protect myself from these vexations, I was counseled to visit His Excellency General Lamarmora, then lieutenant to King Victor Emmanuel in Rome. I requested the audience, which was immediately granted. His Excellency received me in the most polite terms. After I explained the case to him, he said to me, "But then, what do they want from you?"
"The police," I responded, "want to force me to return to my family."
"But how old are you?" he asked me.
"Then you are free," he said. "Do what you want."
"But Excellency, I am threatened with reprisals."
"In that case, come to me and I will protect you."
Despite this and even though Cardinal Antonelli had said that he didn't think it necessary, my superiors foresaw complications and decided to send me abroad. Concerning Cardinal Antonelli, I note that when my mother came to him shortly after my separation from the family, he said to her to console her, "Madam, they have taken the child away from you; try to get him back."
§1666: Concerning the flight of the witness.
On October 22, 1870, at 10 p.m., accompanied by another religious -- and both of us in civilian garb -- I passed through the garden of the parish, and in order to avoid the surveillance of the guards, I went toward the central station, where my mentor told me he had seen my father. Deeply moved, I prayed in my heart to God that he would spare me this encounter, and my prayer was heard. Without incident, I took the train to Falconara-Bologna.
§1667: The liberal newspapers spread many calumnies about the Jesuits.
When we arrived at the station in Foligno, we got off to refresh ourselves at the restaurant. Some youths sat in front of us, and from the red bands they were wearing, I took them to be of the Garibaldi faction. They were talking with each other about the recent escape of the young Mortara, attributed as usual to the Jesuits. To tell the truth, I was shaking like a leaf. My companion, however, without losing his composure, talked with them so skillfully that they changed the subject of the conversation and didn't think further about the fugitive, who calmly continued his flight to Bressanone (in the Austrian Tyrol), where I found the most generous hospitality with the brothers of the parish of Nova Cella. Meanwhile, the liberal press stirred up trouble against the clergy, and especially against the Jesuits, accusing them of having influenced me with their papal fanaticism and of having provoked the evasion, which resulted in an affront to my family.
§1668: A letter from the witness was published in Catholic newspapers.
To answer these unfounded accusations, I wrote a protest, which was published in the Catholic Journal de Bruxelles and reproduced in other Catholic and secular newspapers. Thus, news spread of my supposed stay in Brussels, while I calmly dedicated myself to theological studies in the diocesan seminary of Brixen. The Supreme Pontiff did not forget his adoptive son and several times sent his blessing by means of the general director of the order when he received my notes of greeting and congratulations.
§1669: Concerning the exchange of letters between the witness and his family.
You will want to know what my relations with my parents were like after they left Alatri. I didn't hear anything more about them, although I wrote them several times with pleading letters concerning religion, trying to convince them of the truth of the Catholic faith. They thought that these letters, notwithstanding that they were expressions of my very great personal conviction, could not have been exclusively my work, so they remained without response. Only in May 1867, when I was a novice, did I receive my first letter from my parents, in which, after assuring me of their undying affection, they noted that they had not responded to my letters before because they only had my name and the signature. They now hoped, however, that I would be able to correspond with them "without controls."
The first time I saw my father again was in Rome at the beginning of October 1870. This first meeting was extremely affectionate. He continued his visits to Saint Peter in Chains more often and for longer periods of time, and when he bid farewell before his return to Florence (then capital of the kingdom), he gladly accepted the mementos and gifts for my brothers. I thought that my father had left Rome. However, a few days after that last meeting, the newspapers wrote that young Mortara's father (nicknamed Momolo) was in Rome making attempts in the government to get his son back. The result of this news was Berti's getting interested in the case, the visit to General Lamarmora, and my escape from Rome.
I failed to mention that a few days before I was taken from my family in Bologna on June 24, 1858, I went away from the room, which was guarded by police, accompanied by my mother. Although it was broad daylight, I heard a shocking, seemingly inhuman, cry. I was so horrified that I grasped my mother, dumbfounded by such unexpected emotion. I don't know if my mother heard the cry.
Another time, when I was sick in bed in the home of an uncle, I think, also by day and in around the same time period, I saw an enormous mastiff on the threshold, which had a gaze that I don't know how to describe, but disconcerting, almost human. I was terrified and let out a cry of fear. When my parents arrived to calm me down, they were amazed by my story, because there was no dog in the house.
§1670: The Servant of God entrusted the witness to Bishop Pie.
The fatherly affection of Pius IX toward me remained unchanged until death. After the suppression of the religious houses, he sent me at once to the famous and holy bishop of Poitiers, Luigi Eduardo Pie, who died in 1880. (He was created a cardinal by Leo XIII in 1879.) To fulfill the desires of the Holy Father, he conceived of the project of a foundation in his diocese, which he then carried out in 1873. Pius IX sent the bishop a letter of congratulations, in which he expressed, among other things, his satisfaction in knowing that his adoptive son was now in that diocese. (See "Works of Cardinal Pie," Poitiers, Audin publishers.)
§1671: When the witness became a priest, the Servant of God was very pleased.
Often during the "ad limina" visits of that bishop, the Supreme Pontiff asked about the progress of his protégé and when he would be a priest. When the bishop responded that I was still quite young, Pius IX said, "Well then, we will concede him a good dispensation for age." In fact, when this question was addressed, I did receive a dispensation of twenty months. As I was suffering from weakness of nerves due to too much work, I was forced to leave aside all activity and dedicate myself to physical exercises. This was a great trial for me. When Pius IX heard of this from Bishop Pie, he sent me his special blessing, exhorting me to patience and rest. On the happy day of my first Mass, he honored me with a personally signed letter, which I retain as a precious relic. In the letter, he expressed his satisfaction at seeing me ascend to the holy altar. He asked me to pray especially for him and to act to the limits of my strength for the glory of God and the good of souls.
§1672: Saint Pius, pray for me.
As a capstone to his fatherly benevolence toward me, Pius IX left me a lifetime pension of 300 lire a year out of his private funds. The capital of this pension, that is, 7,000 lire, was given to the head of my order by His Holiness Leo XIII. I never saw Pius IX again. After 1878, on many of my visits to the Eternal City, I went to Campo Verano cemetery and, deeply moved, prostrated myself on the tomb of my august father and protector, toward whom my gratitude knows no limits, and whom I will always hold to be a wise and saintly Pontiff. In his epitaph he invites the faithful to pray for him: "Orate pro eo." I confess that whenever I read those words, I said in my heart, "Sancte Pie, ora pro me."
The information I have given up to now is personal. I will now provide other information learned orally from persons worthy of faith and in part also visually.
I greatly desire the beatification and canonization of the Servant of God.
§1673: Concerning the exchange of letters between the Servant of God and Archbishop Tizzoni.
Concerning the first years of his Pontificate, I mention the following event, which I learned about from the confidential oral relation of one of my venerable brothers in religion, Dr. Giovanni Crisostomo Mittentzner, Lateran Canon Regular of Brixen, who is now dead, but was a great admirer of Pius IX.
Archbishop Vincenzo Tizzoni, missionary bishop of Terni, titular archbishop of Nisibi, was honored by confidence and familiarity with Pius IX. He foresaw the fatal consequences of the revolutionary movement that began at the start of his Pontificate and asked His Holiness' permission to write him from time to time. The Holy Father gladly granted this, under the condition that the letters be sent to his secretary, Msgr. Palma. In these letters, Msgr. Tizzoni wrote His Holiness begging him not to trust the flattery and promises of such an ambiguous environment. The bishop received responses to his first letters (I do not know in what terms), but in the end, Tizzoni's letters no longer received responses and eventually ceased. The revolution of '48 was the final response.
§1674: The Servant of God permits many reforms in his government for the good of the people.
I have heard it said that the Servant of God was favorable toward the reforms demanded by the people at the beginning of his reign. It even seems that he gave a little too much, letting himself be flattered by the idea of the Italian Confederation with the Pope at its head; this was done, of course, with good intentions.
§1675: When he learned of the evil intent of the liberals, he opposed them with all his force.
I have also heard it said that in our Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains, the leaders of the liberal party, who hypocritically wanted to win the sympathies of the Pope by flattering him with false prospects, took part in a sumptuous banquet in a hotel before receiving the consecrated host from his hands. This was a bitter disillusionment that opened the eyes of the generous Pontiff. He was now a witness to the agitations of the liberals and was convinced that they, especially the members of the sect 'Giovane Italia' [Young Italy], had as their goal not only the unification of the Italian States and the exclusion of foreign influences, but also the taking of the lands of the Roman Republic and the ruin of the temporal power [of the Church], causing the loss of independence of the Roman Pontiff. At this point, he began show intransigence toward them.
§1676: The liberals are worse men.
His aversion toward the liberals reached the point that he said, "The liberals are worse than the Communards [supporters of the Commune of Paris in 1870]."
§1677: His enemies act strongly against the Servant of God.
Concerning Pius IX's relations with governments, what I can say is that Pius IX, when he made public the fact of my separation from my family, found himself involved in very serious diplomatic and official complications with France (cf. "Les mélanges," by Luigi Veuillot, from which I myself learned of this).
As a confirmation of what I say, I can add the words that I heard from the very lips of General Latour, senior state official of Napoleon III. I asked him, "How did the emperor express himself about my case?"
He told me that the emperor said, "How is this possible? I keep my soldiers in Rome, and he does such 'bêtises' [stupidities] to me."
§1678: The Servant of God was of strong spirit against his enemies.
As the celebrated controversialist Veuillot said, alluding to these complications, "The case of little Mortara was like a wooden shot launched to create conflict and a hardly honest pretext to accelerate the development of the Roman question." The syllogism was in fact obvious: The Mortara case would never have happened without the temporal power [of the Church]; therefore it is necessary to suppress this power. This was well known to the Pontiff, and it resulted in disrespectful scoldings and threats directed at him. Despite these, he remained firm and constant, occasionally repeating his sublime "non possumus" [we cannot], before which all human strength vanished.
In the end, this was the dilemma: "Either you return the boy or we cannot be responsible for the security of the Pope in his States." I know that once, he shouted that not even all the bayonets in the world would force him to return the boy.
§1679: Concerning Bishop Dupanloup.
As to the [First] Vatican Council, I can say that I heard from Cardinal Pie and others that Bishop Dupanloup was one of the leaders of the group that held it inopportune to issue the definition of the dogma of Pontifical Infallibility. In the archives of the Council there is a packet of letters from the same respected bishop with this indication: "Letters that do not deserve a response, that are, rather, confusion."
The Pontiff's constancy when faced with the abstention and departure of a large number of the bishops that occurred the day before the dogmatic definition should also be noted.
§1680: The Servant of God responded to Count Ponza of San Martino in a spirited way.
I don't know anything special about this event, except that I have heard it said that when His Excellency Count Ponza of San Martino -- representing King Victor Emmanuel -- came to the Pontiff to submit unacceptable conditions to the Pontiff, Pius IX expressed himself with highly energetic terms. He beat on the table with a snuff box, which then broke. The count left so confused that he appeared dizzy.
§1681: He resisted the persecutions of the "Kulturkampf."
I don't recall anything about the Kulturkampf except for one particularly graphic phrase of Pius IX: "I don't care about Bismarck or Trismarck."
§1682: For the glory of God, death is sweet.
I retain that the Servant of God Pius IX always observed God's commandments and the precepts of the Church, from the reputation he enjoyed as a man of God.
From the acts of his life, I believe that he was even a zealot for the glory of God and the good of souls. This is shown abundantly by what he did for me, facing difficulties and sorrows. At this point, I would also mention what I heard from the very lips of the Servant of God Bishop de Dreux-Bréjé of Moulins (now dead): "You should suffer anything rather than commit a grave sin, and it would have been a mortal sin to abandon this soul."
§1683: Behold my harshest bitterness is in peace.
Concerning the virtue of trust of the Servant of God, I know that when he spoke of the sad events he was passing through, he said, "Ecce in pace amaritudo mea amarissima."
§1684: He looked like an angel in prayer.
I have read various discourses of the Servant of God that he gave after 1870, and I know that everyone admired them for their timeliness, for their strong sentiments of living confidence in God, and the zeal that filled them. I also saw the Servant of God pray various times at Saint Agnes' Basilica, showing an exterior composure and such piety that he looked like an angel. All eyes were fixed on him, and his eyes were continually and immovably fixed on the Blessed Sacrament. Once, when he came to Saint Agnes to perform the usual rites on the anniversary of her death, I recall that the famous Cardinal De Andrea (titular of Saint Agnes), who sympathized with the liberals, was beside him. The Pontiff never spoke a word to him, or even looked at him.
I recall another time when he administered First Communion to two girls. When he then came to lunch in the refectory of our monastery, he called the two girls and had them sit by his throne in the seats of the domestic prelates, where he gave them sweets.
When he recalled the political events in the Pontifical States, I saw that he was so moved that he cried. Concerning charity, which will be my next topic, it was generally said that he was kind.
§1685: The Servant of God did much for the Jews.
Even my mother was convinced of his kindness. When she told me of her life and the efforts she made to get me back in her house, she said that if she had been able to obtain an audience with the Holy Father, she would have had her son back. She added, "Pius IX is so kind."
Beyond his removal of the gates to the ghetto, I vaguely recall that the Servant of God also took away the requirement that the Jews had to carry an identity card or distinctive garb to make them recognizable as Jews.
The charity shown by the Servant of God toward the youths of the Institute of Tata Giovanni while he was still a priest is well known.
§1686: He spent a great deal of money to rebuild churches.
Concerning his zeal for the worship of God, I mention the restorations he carried out in the Basilica and Monastery of Saint Agnes. In the same way, he gave considerable funds for the crypt of Saint Peter in Chains and the restoration of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, the Holy Staircase and perhaps also Saint Maria in Trastevere.
Concerning the virtue of prudence, I can't say anything in particular except to recall that it was surprising that he kept Cardinal Antonelli as Secretary of State, about whom unflattering rumors were circulating. I don't know if those rumors had any serious foundation. It didn't give a good impression that the Cardinal himself left nothing for the Holy See in his will.
§1687: Concerning the fortitude of the Servant of God.
The Pontiff showed he was endowed with fortitude in the highest degree in my own case; in the reading that was done in his presence, or by him himself, against the enemies of the Church each year in the Vatican Basilica during the events that preceded the revolution of 1848; and in the protests he raised against the invaders of the Pontifical States and the persecuting governments of Germany, Switzerland and Russia.
§1688: Concerning the temperance of the Servant of God.
In general, I have never heard anything said against the virtue of temperance of the Servant of God. He only drank Bordeaux wine (Médoc) on the prescription of a doctor.
§1689: The figure of the Servant of God is described.
In his comportment, he appeared majestic, without pretentious affectations. I had the opportunity to see him various times among the crowd that gathered around him to kiss his hand. He kept his gaze fixed forward, always seeming modest and detached, and seemed to dominate the multitude of people with his presence. The thing that most struck me was the general state of his appearance. His blue eyes reflected the beauty and purity of his soul and the profound tranquility of his heart. A truly angelic smile blossomed on his lips. Joined with his normally benevolent and fatherly words, this made his appearance almost superhuman.
He also had his humorous side, which was expressed in quips and plays upon words that were very opportune and made everyone laugh. Referring to his leg pains during the period when Gambetta was president of the French republic, he said, "So much is said about this Gambetta; as for me, a little bit more 'gambetta' [leg] wouldn't do me any harm."
Once when he was presented the French gentleman Mr. Forestier, a person of great merit and extreme charity, Pius IX took his arm and said to him with the most tender tone, "My son, in Rome there are no 'forestieri' [foreigners] -- they are all my children."
At a public audience, he once noted a group of sisters whose faces were enclosed in very extended round bonnets, he said, "Whose faces are those at the end of those hallways?"
§1690: Meek and at the same time strong.
Continuing on the virtue of temperance, I can say that the foundation of the Servant of God's character was kindness, perhaps even excessive. However, in certain circumstances, he showed great energy and vivacity, as when justice and duty were involved. In those cases, he may have appeared too severe. For example, he did not hesitate to impose an extremely hard penance on a Maronite Church dignitary, obliging him to kneel. I know this from the neighborly relationship between our priests of Saint Peter in Chains and the Maronite religious. I also know from being in France that there they spoke publicly that he had treated the famous Bishop D'Arbois very harshly to bring him back in order and make him reflect on a few of his excesses in the exercise of his own episcopal duties.
I have never heard the Servant of God accused of a fault, however minor, against chastity.
§1691: Detractor Leo Taxil said much against the Servant of God.
The horrible lies of Leo Taxil had the result of making his purity shine forth more angelically.
Concerning the virtue of humility, I recall that even in the midst of applause and acclamations, with his bearing he showed that he was not proud.
§1692: Concerning the heroic fortitude of the Servant of God.
Concerning the heroic nature of the virtues of the Servant of God, I can affirm this for a few of the virtues. To wit, the fortitude that he showed by sustaining the rights of God and his Church at every cost and every risk, and the confidence in God that always animated him in the midst of the most serious dangers. As to the other virtues, I don't have enough personal information to judge their degree. From the reputation that Pius IX enjoys, and from the whole of his fully extraordinary life, I can logically conclude, and so argue, that heroism also extends to the other virtues.
§1693: Two miraculous healings obtained by the intercession of the Servant of God are recounted.
Concerning miracles worked during the life of the Servant of God, I know of two by their public fame. The first was the restitution of sight to a woman when he asked her if she had faith. This happened in our Basilica of Saint Agnes when he was present for the usual ceremonies of April 12, in about the year 1863-1864. This miracle was spoken about both within and outside the monastery; however, I was not an eyewitness to that miracle. The other occurred in a nun of the Sacred Heart in the monastery of Trinità dei Monti in Rome [above the Spanish Steps]. This nun suffered from a wound on her hand, which was healed by contact with the image of the Servant of God printed on a coin. I heard about this prodigious occurrence in France.
§1694: The Servant of God's reputation of sanctity is very strong in France and Belgium.
I don't know if he enjoyed a reputation of sanctity in life. After his death, I know that abroad, especially in France and Belgium, his memory is venerated, precisely for his virtues. This is the spontaneous feeling of the public.
§1695: The witness looks forward to the beatification of the Servant of God with joy.
I don't have anything more to add, take away, or change in my given deposition. I only want to add the following.
I am firmly convinced, not only by the deposition I have given, but by the entire life of my august protector and father, that the Servant of God is a saint. I have the almost instinctive conviction that one day he will be raised to the glory of the altars. For me it will be an intimate joy for my entire life and a great comfort in the hour of my death to have cooperated to the limits of my strength toward the success of this cause. I pray to God by the intercession of his Servant to have mercy on me and forgive my sins, and make me rejoice in his presence in Paradise.
"The syllogism was in fact obvious: The Mortara case would never have happened without the temporal power [of the Church]; therefore it is necessary to suppress this power. This was well known to the Pontiff, and it resulted in disrespectful scoldings and threats directed at him. Despite these, he remained firm and constant, occasionally repeating his sublime "non possumus" [we cannot], before which all human strength vanished. "
In return for Pope Pius IX's goodness toward Jews there will soon be a fabricated, fictitious movie made which will suggest many sins instead of the truth of his many virtues in an unscrupulous attempt to fuse the Great Harlot (Vatican Council II "church" - Apocalypse chapter 17) with the Spouse of Christ (The Catholic Church - Apocalypse chapter 12) Pray this movie fails!