THE BOOK OF GOMORRAH – Part One of a Review

{I have begun to read this book and will devote several posts in the coming weeks as a review of the book, inspired by the Lord who gave me the Latin word 
curvatrix; the word in Latin is literally a woman who is bent over.  Think of the Church as a woman, the Bride of Christ, bent double by the sins of the clergy.  St. Peter Damian uses it in the plural “curvatrices” to refer to women like the prophetess Anna.  Recall the story in Luke 13:10-17, where Jesus heals a woman who was bent over for eighteen years; 

10 And he was teaching in their synagogue on their sabbath.

11 And behold there was a woman, who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years: and she was bowed together, neither could she look upwards at all.

12 Whom when Jesus saw, he called her unto him, and said to her: Woman, thou art delivered from thy infirmity.

13 And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 And the ruler of the synagogue (being angry that Jesus had healed on the sabbath) answering, said to the multitude: Six days there are wherein you ought to work. In them therefore come, and be healed; and not on the sabbath day.

15 And the Lord answering him, said: Ye hypocrites, doth not every one of you, on the sabbath day, loose his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead them to water?

16 And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years {five years?}, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

17 And when he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the things that were gloriously done by him.

It is my hope that after reading these review posts you will be inspired to read the book yourself (it can be purchased easily from Amazon) and will most importantly of all pray and beg our Lord to work a miracle and cure Our Holy Mother the Church, His Bride, of her affliction as a curvatrix bent double by the moral corruption of her clergy.

 I will begin with the Foreword written by Juan Cardinal Sandoval Iniquez.

+Rene Henry Gracida (Abyssum)



Saint Peter Damian (1007–1072) is the author of the Book of Gomorrah, which he dedicated to Pope Leo IX. In it he bluntly exposes and energetically condemns the immoral conduct of many Catholics of his time.

Lax and poorly educated men, unworthy of their state, had infiltrated both the monasteries and the ranks of the secular clergy. Simony was practiced in the buying and selling of ecclesiastical offices, including the episcopacy. There was meddling by the civil authority in ecclesiastical affairs and in the nomination of abbots and bishops. The high dignitaries of the Church were often feudal lords, with the riches and the vices associated with such. Concubinage and marriage were common among the secular clergy and, even more sadly, with the approval of the faithful. And, as the saint says, the “cancer of sodomy,” including pedophilia, had proliferated, above all in the monasteries.

Peter Damian forcefully and fearlessly denounced these evils, threatening the punishments of hell, and cried out to the pope for a reform that would purify the Church. He proposed disciplinary measures that were adopted by the Church, and some of them continue in effect in the law until today, although unfortunately they are not always applied.

Peter Damian was most eminent in his day: he was highly educated, a great theologian, bishop, cardinal of the Holy Church, and legate of various Supreme Pontiffs before princes and kings, but above all, he was a saint who contributed to the reform of the Church.

Pope Saint Leo IX thanked Saint Peter Damian in a commemoratory letter regarding the Book of Gomorrah and vigorously undertook the reform of the customs of the Church, which, by the acts of this Pontiff and others who followed him, would be raised to its splendor in sanctity and knowledge during the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Book of Gomorrah has recently been translated from the original Latin into English, with copious introductory material, by an erudite Catholic who is faithful to Christ and his Church: Matthew Cullinan Hoffman.

I have accepted with pleasure the task of writing this brief presentation of a book which, upon its reading, brings us to the realization that a thousand years ago sexual vices were being practiced by various sons of the Church that lamentably are present today and have been the occasion of scandal, discredit, and apostasy.

Today, like then, with prayer and the example of the saints, and the firm hand of pastors, the sons of the Church can return to the way of faithfulness in order to fully carry out the mission of being “salt of the earth and the light of the world.”

Juan Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez
Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Jalisco, June 30, 2015

{To be continued}


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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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3 Responses to THE BOOK OF GOMORRAH – Part One of a Review

  1. vasheepdog94 says:

    Thank you Excellency. Next time I order on Amazon I’ll add it to my cart!

  2. abyssum says:

    The book is available from Amazon.

  3. vasheepdog94 says:

    I need to order this book. And maybe some copies. Where did you get it?

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