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Joanna Falcon wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was looking up some information on the Divine Chaplet prayer and then I started reading about St. Faustina.

Somewhere in the information I read this same prayer was given to St. Gertrude the Great by our Lord. I relayed this to the members or our Rosary Group, because I also wanted to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer, but some of the members said this was not true and that they had never heard of such a thing, so I went back to see where I had read it, and could not find the web site.

  • Could you clarify this for me?
  • Also, are Protestants pastors who become Catholic priests sworn to celibacy?
  • Do they continue living with their wives and children?

Thank you,


  { Can you clarify the history of the Divine Mercy prayer and are they sworn to celibacy plus? }

Mike replied:

Dear Joanna,

Your Rosary group was correct. The prayer said with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy was only given to St. Faustina.

The prayer you may be referring to, because of its popularity, is this one that was given to
St. Gertrude the Great by our Lord:

Eternal Father, I offer You the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, for those in my own home and in my family.


The local bishop has come out and said the promise of this prayer is that many souls will be released from Purgatory, rather than a specific number.

If you want to ensure you are using the proper prayers for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, you can learn the prayers from this web site:

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy — How to Recite the Chaplet

If you are interested in starting a regular Purgatory Prayer Program for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, check out our web site at:

Helpers of the Holy Souls

You also said:

  • Also, are Protestants pastors who become Catholic priests sworn to celibacy?
  • Do they continue living with their wives and children?

Protestant ministers who are interested in becoming Catholic priests all have their backgrounds reviewed by the Holy Father. This is for the good and safety of the Church as a whole. They do continue to live with and support their wife and any children.

If their wife does pass from this earthly life to the next, they may not re-marry.

Maybe one of my colleagues can help me with the last two questions.


Eric replied:


Married Protestant ministers who become Catholic priests under the Pastoral Provision do not need to observe continence; they have an exemption from clerical celibacy.

Generally only Anglicans/Episcopalians and Lutherans qualify for the pastoral provision, but yes, it is safe to say they go through a review.

Mike's right that they are not able to remarry if their wife passes away.


Joanna replied:

Thanks for replying to my questions.

What is the difference in:

  • Obamacare wanting us to pay into health insurance, and
  • in California we have medical help from the Welfare department?

Medical here pays for abortions.

  • Don't our taxes pay for that?

Thank you,


Eric replied:

Hi, Joanna —

Taxpayer funding of abortion is not under the taxpayer's immediate control and is considered remote material cooperation, i.e., you are sufficiently removed from the transaction so the guilt is mitigated or removed entirely.

With insurance programs, however, we are being forced to make a choice to pay more directly for such activities, especially in the case of a self-insured organization which would have to directly write checks to pay for contraception and abortion.


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