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Fr. Ribadénéira quotes St. Paulinus of Nola for his report of
the life of St. Genesius, court’s clerk of Arles78 in France:

When an impious and sacrilegious edict was read...he stood
up, threw his registers at the feet of the judge, and renounced for
ever his ministry....He fled from town to town....However,
thinking he needed to be strengthened in the faith by baptism,
not being yet reborn of the water and the Holy Ghost, he asked
for it from the bishop through some trusted friends. But either
the bishop had been himself arrested in the meantime, or fearing
the youth of Genesius he did not want to put the sacrament in
danger; anyhow, the bishop differed the sacrament, and bid him
that the shedding of his blood for Jesus Christ would take place
of the baptism he had so ardently desired....His executioners
took his life by the sword.

FATHERS ON BAPTISM OF BLOOD

Tertullian (end of 2nd century)

We have indeed a second font, one with the former: namely,
that of blood, of which the Lord says: “I am to be baptized with
a baptism” when He had already been baptized....This is the
Baptism which replaces that of the fountain, when it has not
been received, and restores it when it has been lost [i.e., if, after
baptism, one had fallen into sin, it restores to grace and thus sal-
vation].79

78 Feast August 25, Vol.VIII, p.440 sqq. Bro. Robert Mary’s commentary runs
thus: “Let us extract the important essentials from these two testimonies.
The Martyrology informs us that Genesius ‘declared himself a Christian.’
That means he was already a baptized member of the Church. Fr. Butler tells
us he was also a catechumen. Therefore, we know he was a baptized Catholic
still undergoing instruction in a catechumenate. Both sources report that he
was apprehended and beheaded, the Martyrology properly concluding that
he ‘attained to the glory of martyrdom through baptism in his own blood.’
Here is a perfect example of what ‘baptism of blood’ really means. It applies
only to the martyrdom of a baptized Catholic” (op. cit. p.190). One needs
just to read St. Paulinus of Nola given above to see how far from the truth
this apparent logic can lead the followers of Fr. Feeney! Instead of rewriting
history, making liars of the saints who gave us accounts of these holy lives,
and rewriting the doctrine of the Church to their liking, let them simply
believe the accounts given by the saints and the doctrine it contains!

79 De Baptismo, 16, 1, R.J., No. 309.

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INDEX
Alban, Saint, 55, 57
Albert the Great, Saint, 69, 77
Ambrose, Saint, 24, 42-43, 61-62,

88
Aquinas, Saint Thomas, 12, 21, 42,

89, 105; baptism of desire, 7-8,
9, 69-75; deferral of baptism, 47-
49; Eucharist, 38-39, 99n141;
necessity of baptism, 34-35, 112;
sacraments, 94; salvation, 20, 38-
39; sanctifying grace, 92; use of
reason, 22, 113-14

Augustine, Saint, 27, 42-43, 79, 88,
102; baptism of blood and of de-
sire, 62-64; baptism of desire, 24;
deferral of baptism, 65; necessity
of baptism, 34, 37; quoted, 76,
112; salvation, 109n161; unity of
Church, 107n156

Augustine Marie of the Blessed Sac-
rament, 84-85, 104

Baltimore Catechism, 113
baptism, 41, 58n84, 70-72; of

blood, 9-10, 66n97, 72-73; char-
acter of, 70, 92-98, 108; of de-
sire, 7-8, 18-20

Bede, Saint, 55, 57
Bellarmine, Saint Robert, 60, 89; on

the Church, 75-77, 93, 108;
quoted, 83

Benedict XV, 32, 54
Bernard, Saint, 24, 63n93, 67-69
Billot, Ludovicus, 79
Billuart, Charles, 36, 83
Bonaventure, Saint, 42, 69
Boniface VIII, 42, 44-45, 97, 111
Borromeo, Saint Charles, 89
Bosco, Saint John, 78
Brownson, Orestes, 81, 83

Canon Law, 32, 89
Canutes, 85
Catherine of Siena, Saint, 78
charity, 106-7, 113
Chrysostom, Saint John, 57
Clement XI, 20
Cohen, Hermann, 84-85, 104
Cornelius a Lapide, 34, 79
Council of Florence, 42, 45-49, 60
Council of Orange, 17-18
Council of Trent, 7, 33, 34, 38, 97;

baptism of desire, 49-51; canons
on baptism, 88-89, 99n144; cat-
echism, 12, 32, 78; justification,
22-23, 77, 98, 100, 101

Cushing, Richard, 112-15
Cyprian, Saint, 24, 46n61, 57-60,

63, 91
Cyril of Jerusalem, Saint, 57
Damascene, Saint John, 77
Eucharist and salvation, 38-39
Eugene IV, 42, 45-49
Extreme Unction, 99n143
Feeney, Leonard: desire to improve

upon the Doctors, 85-86, 92,
111, 115; error of, 91-92, 110-
12; excommunication of, 112;
Liberals, 15

Fourth Lateran Council, 42-44
Francis, Brother, Open Letter to,

88-89
Franzelin, Johann Baptist, 80
Fulgentius, Saint, 45-47, 60
Garrigou-Lagrange, Reginald, 80-

81
Guillemant, Léonie, 84-85
Hay, George, 81
heresies, 16, 42, 65
Hugh of Saint Victor, 67-69, 78

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humility, 102
Hutchinson, Thomas A., 46n61
Immaculate Conception, 11
infallibility, 42, 51-52, 87
Innocent III, 10, 42-44, 61, 77, 97,

112
Jacobites, 47
Jerome, Saint, 41, 77
Job, 23–24
John the Baptist, Saint, 102
Jubaianus, 58–59
justice, fulfilled and unfulfilled,

101–3
justification, 22, 54, 96, 98-101,

109
Laisney, François, 98, 107
Leo the Great, Saint, 18, 48
Liguori, Saint Alphonsus, 49, 77, 89
limbo, 66, 114
magisterium of Church, 32, 87,

104-5
Malone, Michael, 87
Martina, Saint, 55
martyrdom, 9-10, 66n97, 72-73
Mary, 29, 37-38
Michael, Brother, 85-86
miracles, 103-4
Müller, Michael, 81-83
mystery, 59n85
Mystici Corporis (Pius XII), 30, 53,

75–76
Nazianzen, Saint Gregory, 57, 64-67
necessity, different forms of, 50,

75n103, 110
Nicholas de Flüe, Saint, 40
Origen, 46n61
original sin, 96, 102
Paul, Saint, 17, 41, 96; on igno-

rance, 16, 26; on salvation, 21,
28–29

Paulinus of Nola, Saint, 56
Perrone, Joannes, 83
Pius IX, 21, 51-53
Pius X, Saint, 32, 53-54, 89

Pius XII, 29, 30, 80; definition of
Church, 75-76; excommunica-
tion of Fr. Feeney, 112; ideas tak-
en from others, 53, 79n112

Protestants, inability to be saved,
114-15

Rahner, Karl, 18
re aut voto, 33, 35, 36, 49, 75n103;

vs. in re, 80, 83; sanctifying grace,
98, 110

rebaptism, 57-58
res sacramenti, 38
Ribadénéira, Father, 55-56
Robert Mary, Brother 36, 53,

56n78, 99; necessity of baptism,
98, 108n160, 109n162; on sac-
ramental character, 95, 107; va-
lidity of baptism, 97

Rulleau, Jean-Marc, 88
sacraments, 62n91, 93; exterior

sign, 9-10, 26-27; necessity of,
37

salvation, 54, 73-75, 98-101
sanctifying grace, 12-13, 92-98,

108n160, 110
Scripture, interpretation of, 32, 33
Sheen, Fulton, 24-25
Stephen, Pope Saint, 57-58
Summa Theologica (Aquinas), 7-8,

38-39, 47-49, 70-75, 94
Tertullian, 56
unity of Church, 41, 106, 107n156
Valentinian II, 61-62
Vatican I, 33, 87, 111
Vatican II, 15, 104
Wathen, James, 111

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