It is not clear how Titus came to enter the scene. Perhaps his general interest in Catholic life, Cultural matters public affairs drew him into the case which attained a wide notoriety, at least in artistic circles. At first he tried through the procurator Gen. of his order Hubert Driessen, to placate the Roman authorities. When this failed, his reaction was characteristic. He comforted the justly stricken artist, yet understood the pastoral problem involved with dealing with a culturally uninstructed public. Moreover, he set about in a positive way to alleviate the situation. He persuaded the newly founded Catholic cultural review, “Opgang,” to publish the scandalous drawings.
Brandsma’s own sensitive reflections highlighted the profound religious content of the work. Thus, a great piece of Flemish art was matched with the spiritual thoughts of an outstanding religious figure of the Netherlands.