In the Archdiocese of Lublin and Diocese of Warszawa-Praga
BLESSED IGNATIUS KŁOPOTOWSKI
In the Archdiocese of Katowice and Dioceses of Drohiczyn and Siedlce – Optional memorial
Ignatius (Ignacy) Kłopotowski was born in 1866 in Korzeniówka in Podlasie. After ordination he was a pastor in Lublin for 17 years and then moved to Warsaw. Since 1919 till the end of his life he was the parish priest of Our Lady of Loreto parish by St Florian church – currently the cathedral of the Diocese of Warszawa-Praga. He was known for his extraordinary activity and unusual dedication in the service to other people. He founded a number of charitable organisations. Convinced that the most efficient way of evangelizing is print, he would publish religious leaflets and Catholic press. In order to assure the continuity of his apostleship, he founded the Congregation of Sister of Our Lady of Loreto. He died on 7 September 1931. He beatification took place on 19 June 2005 in Warsaw on Benedict XVI’s behalf.
Common of Pastors.
OFFICE OF READINGS
From the articles by Blessed Ignatius Kłopotowski for the Catholic press
(“Przegląd Katolicki”, 29 March 1925, no 12)
The Responsibility of a Catholic journalist
Blessing new pavilions of the missionary exhibition in Rome, Pius XI addressed the journalists present there with the following words, “You are immense power. And that is exactly why you also have immense responsibility. Firstly, your aim ought to be to use it well; secondly, you ought to have the satisfaction of having used your power well.”
Should we ask for an authorisation to manage such immense power as the press, the answer shall not be obvious. A writer speaks, teaches, proclaims and punishes without having passed any examinations or having been granted a diploma or mandate. They can only rely on their vocation that is made up of certain abilities and predispositions to deal with big problems, religious and national issues. Thus, the ultimate source of their mandate shall be God’s will. Therefore, the first duty of a Catholic journalist is to take their function seriously. They must not belong to those who in public life seek only personal satisfaction or material goods.
The press is a modern institution that does not acknowledge the truth and false but promotes equality of all ideas. Thence flows the temptation of a Catholic journalist, which is often suggested by their own friends, to conform to the common practice and rein in their beliefs. Fr Janvier, a long-standing preacher of the Notre Dame in Paris, has recently expressed his objection to “false moderation”, calling it a liberalism that equates being and non-being, God of the world and the prince of darkness, the source of all perfection and the proponent of “all evil.” False moderation is a feature of mediocre people of limited intelligence and fearful will. “True moderation – said Fr Janvier – consists in always listening to the imperatives of the mind.”
Every Catholic journalist ought to have this principle before their very own eyes, bearing in mind that it is not the world that is the judge of wisdom. In his encyclical “Sapientiae christianae,” Leo XIII has just rebuked this caution that St Paul calls wisdom of the flesh and death of the soul. Therefore, acting upon such prudence that makes a Christian forget that they are fighters means helping the enemies. A Catholic writer mainly occupies battle stations. They should avoid both exaggeration and excessive pliancy. His stance is tough only if they surrender to the secular noise. It gets easy when a writer draws his inspiration from the guidelines of the Church.
RESPONSORY 1 Thessalonians 2:8; Galatians 4:19
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
– So dearly beloved had you become to us.
My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you.
– So dearly beloved had you become to us.
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Ant. Proclaim the word, bearing the burdens of acting as an evangelist and fulfilling your service.
you endowed Blessed Ignatius with the gift of love for the Word Incarnate and His Virgin Mother and wanted him to work as an apostle of writing and charity,
grant through his intercession that we may spread the Gospel of love by words and deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you sing with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum. Probatum seu confirmatum, die 8 iulii 2006, Prot. 268/06/L.
 Translated by DChojnacki (2016).