SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
The interreligious meeting on September 20, 2016, will be the fifth Assisi meeting attended by a pope. John Paul II presided at three of them: the first took place on October 27, 1986, on the occasion of the International Year of Peace promoted by the U.N.; the second in 1993, during the war in the Balkans; the third, planned in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States, was held on January 24, 2002. PopeBenedict XVI convened a meeting of religions for peace, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first meeting, on October 27, 2011.
For thirty years, following Leo XIII who condemned the Parliament of the World’s Religions (September 11-27, 1893), following Pius XI in his Encyclical Mortalium animos “on the unity of the true Church”, dated January 6, 1928 (see box), and the Instruction of the Holy Office “On the Ecumenical Movement” dated December 20, 1949 (see box), the Society of Saint Pius X has opposed this “spirit of Assisi” which destroys the missionary spirit of the Church that had been in force until Vatican Council II.
On August 27, 1986, two months before the first Assisi meeting, Abp. Marcel Lefebvre sent a letter to eight cardinals in which he declared: “He who now sits upon the Throne of Peter mocks publicly the first article of the Creed and the first Commandment of the Decalogue. The scandal given to Catholic souls cannot be measured. The Church is shaken to its very foundations. If faith in the Church, the only ark of salvation, disappears, then the Church herself disappears. All of her strength, all of her supernatural activity is based on this article of our faith.
“Is John Paul II to continue ruining the Catholic faith, in particular at Assisi, with the planned procession of religions in the streets of the town of St. Francis and assignment of religions to the various chapels of the basilica with a view to practicing their worship for the intention of peace as conceived by the United Nations?”
On January 21, 2002, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, issued a communiqué on the third interreligious union in Assisi which was to take place three days later. In it he set forth the precise reasons for the indignation of Catholics who are devoted to Tradition.
“The problem does not lie in the object of the prayers: peace. To pray for peace and to seek to establish and strengthen peace between peoples and nations is a good thing in itself. The Catholic liturgy is full of beautiful prayers for peace. We pray these prayers with all our hearts. Moreover, given the fact that the angels announced, on the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, peace on earth to men of good will, it is totally fitting to ask the faithful to implore the One True God to grant us a gift of such great value at this stage in the year.
“The reason for our indignation lies in the confusion, scandal and blasphemy that result from an invitation from the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, sole mediator between God and man, to other religions to come to Assisi to pray for peace.
“It has been stated that to avoid any syncretism, those attending will not be praying ‘together’, but that each religion will pray in separate rooms in the Franciscan convent at Assisi. Cardinal Kasper went so far—and rightly so—as to affirm that ‘Christians cannot pray with members of other religions.’ (L’Osservatore Romano, January 5, 2002). However, this affirmation is not enough to dissipate the dreadful uneasiness and confusion caused by the event; it cannot be denied that all kinds of religions will be praying ‘each in their own camp’ to obtain from these prayers said at the same time, but in different locations, the same result: peace. The fact that all have been invited to pray, at the same time and in the same town, for the same intention is clear proof of the desire for unity. On the other hand, the fact that the prayers will be offered in separate locations betrays the contradictory and impossible nature of the project. In reality, the distinction is false, even though, thanks be to God, it avoids a direct communicatio in sacris. However, the syncretic nature of the operation is obvious to all. Recourse to deceitful words has made it possible to deny the painfully obvious reality. But words do not mean anything any more: we will be going to Assisi, not to pray together, we are going there together to pray … no syncretism, etc.”
In the same statement the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X neatly distinguishes between legitimate diplomatic negotiations to obtain civil peace and the scandalous public interreligious prayers asking for peace from different divinities:
“The establishment of civil (political) peace between nations by congresses, discussions, diplomacy, with the intervention of influential persons of different nations and religions, is one thing. It is another to claim to obtain the gift of peace from God by the prayer of all (false) religions. Such an initiative is completely inconsistent with the Catholic faith and goes against the first commandment.…
“It is in keeping with the Masonic plot to establish a grand temple of universal brotherhood above all religions and beliefs, ‘Unity in diversity’, a concept so dear to the New Age and to globalization. “We were excommunicated by Clement XI in 1738 because of our interdenominational principles. But the Church was definitely in error, if it is true that, on 27 October 1986, the present Pope gathered together men of all religious confessions in Assisi to pray for peace. What else are our brothers looking for when they gather together in temples, than love between men, tolerance, solidarity, defense of the dignity of the human being, considering themselves equal, above political and religious beliefs and the color of their skin?’ (Grand Master Armando Corona, of the Grand Lodge of the Spring Equinox, Hiram, mouthpiece of the Grand Orient of Italy, April 1987)”
Two years later, in January 2004, the Society of Saint Pius X published a study entitled “From Ecumenism to Silent Apostasy” which it forwarded to all the cardinals. This title repeated the expression “silent apostasy” that John Paul II had used to describe the state of the Church in Europe in his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa (June 28, 2003): “Considered from the pastoral perspective, we are forced to conclude that the ecumenism of the last decades leads Catholics to a ‘silent apostasy’ and dissuades non-Catholics from entering into the one ark of salvation. One must therefore deplore ‘the impiety of those who close to men the gates of the Kingdom of heaven’. Under the guise of a search for unity, ecumenism disperses the flock; it does not carry the mark of Christ, but that of the divider par excellence, the devil (no. 43).
“As attractive as it may seem at first glance, as spectacular as its ceremonies may appear on television, and as numerous as the gathered crowds may be, the reality remains: ecumenism has made of the Holy City that is the Church a city in ruins. Pursuing a utopian ideal—the unity of the human race—this pope has not realized to what extent this ecumenism for which he has so labored is truly and sadly revolutionary: it inverts the order willed by God” (no. 44).
To conclude with a quotation from Abp. Lefebvre: “We wish to be in perfect unity with the Holy Father, but in the unity of the Catholic faith, because it is only this unity that can unite us, and not a sort of ecumenical union, a sort of liberal ecumenism; because I believe that the crisis in the Church is best defined by this liberal ecumenical spirit. I say liberal ecumenism, because there does exist a certain ecumenism that, if it is well defined, could be acceptable. But liberal ecumenism, such as it is practiced by the present Church and especially since the Second Vatican Council, includes veritable heresies” (no. 47, citing a conference given on April 14, 1978).
On January 9, 2011, when the fourth Assisi meeting was announced, which was to take place on October 22 of that year, with Benedict XVI presiding, Bp. Fellay gave a conference in Paris during which he declared: “Assisi has become a symbol. Saying that one is going to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this symbol, even if one attempts to clean it, to correct it, will not remove the meaning of the symbol. There is a message behind Assisi, and the only way to delete this message would be for the Vicar of Christ on earth to say, on this occasion, to all other religions: ‘There is only one Name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved, and it is Our Lord Jesus Christ. Convert!’ If that is done, well then yes, we agree!”
(Sources: DICI/Archives – DICI no. 340 dated September 9, 2016)
The Pope will be present at the 5th interreligious meeting of Assisi : the Society of St. Pius X will not pray with the 400 representatives of Mahomet, Buddha, Confucius and Kali
30 years after the first interreligious meeting set up by John Paul II, in Assisi, on October 27, 1986, Pope Francis will be present for the “World Day of Prayer for Peace” that is to close the Interreligious Summit for Peace organized by the community of Sant’Egidio.
Francis will arrive in Assisi by helicopter on Tuesday, September 20, around 11 am. He will be met at the Poor Clare convent by the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Aphrem II. Also present will be a representative for the Muslims, for the Jews, as well as the supreme head of the Japanese Tendai Buddhist school. These religious leaders will gather in the Sixtus IV cloister to meet the other representatives of worldwide religions and the Catholic bishops of Umbria… In all 400 representatives are expected to participate in this 30thanniversary of the meeting, whose slogan, this year, is “Thirsting for peace. Religions and cultures in dialogue”.
“This new meeting at Assisi is not simply to recall the meeting of 1986,” says Marco Impagliazzo, president of Sant’Egidio, “it is to gather as a matter of urgency in the face of the explosion of violence linked to religion.” The issue, he says, is to “completely separate violence and religions.”
At 4 pm, prayers for peace will take place “in a number of places”, according to the Vatican Press Office, in order to avoid any confusion amongst religions, according to the sophisticated distinction put forward in each Assisi prayer meeting: “to be together to pray, and not to pray together.” However, at the same time, an ecumenical prayer with a number of Christian confessions will take place in the lower basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
The closing ceremony will begin at 5:15 pm on the plaza of St. Francis of Assisi. Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi will open this ceremony with a brief greeting. A war victim witness will speak. Then Patriarch Bartholomew I will deliver a message. He will be followed by the Muslim representative and then the Jewish representative, the Japanese supreme head of Buddhism, and finally by Andrea Riccardi,founder of Sant’Egidio. Pope Francis will then give an address, after which an appeal for peace will be read out before being put into the hands of children from a number of countries. Then a moment of silence will be held in honour of all the victims of wars. Finally, during the signing of the peace appeal, two candles will be lighted, before the final exchange of peace.
(Sources: kipa-apic.ch – iMedia – La Croix – DICI no. 340, 09/09/16)
Let us pray alongside the Christian martyrs of today
A new interreligious meeting is to take place in Assisi on September 20, 2016, with Pope Francis presiding. Armed with the constant teachings of the Popes up until the Second Vatican Council, the Society of St. Pius X will not pray with the 400 representatives of worldwide religions who will invoke the beliefs of Mahomet, Buddha, Confucius and Kali alongside the profession of the Catholic Faith: I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
The Society will pray with and for those who are currently undergoing persecution for their fidelity to the Catholic Credo, those Christians martyred in Egypt, in Syria, in Iraq, in Nigeria, in Pakistan, in Thailand, in Indonesia, in the Philippines…
The General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X made a point of recalling in its concluding statement of July 14, 2012: “We unite ourselves with the other Christians undergoing persecution in countries throughout the world who are suffering for the Catholic Faith, frequently to the death. Their blood, shed in union with that of the Victim on our altars, is the sign of the renewal of the Church in capite et membris, in accordance with the old saying, ‘sanguis martyrum semen christianorum’.” (See DICI no. 259, 10/08/12)
To ask God for peace, without any ecumenical equivocation or interreligious ambiguity, the Society of St. Pius X adopts the words of the Collect of the Feast of Christ the King, instituted by Pius XI: “Almighty and everlasting God, who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the kindreds of the nations that are divided by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His rule
Fr. Alain Lorans
Dominicans should have kept their 800 years anniversay celebration a secret.It could have been quiet, subdued and low key like that of the Jesuits celebration of the 400th(?) anniversary of St.Francis Xavier.St.Dominic and St. Francis Xavier are embarrassments for their community Curia Generals.
Dominicans today are a rupture with the times of St.Dominic.They do not preach exclusive salvation in the Church.Their universities are occupied by the Jewish Left rabbis with their supporters.The order of preachers only preach what is allowed by the political Left.
So what 800 years of continuity would they be celebrating ?
There is no continuity.
They interpret Vatican Council II with a mistake. Then they use this irrational interpretation to discard the teachings of St.Dominic on faith, salvation, ecclesiology, mission etc.
At the Angelicum University they do not teach that there is a mistake in Vatican Council II. Yet we know that there is a problem. Since for the Dominicans,Lumen Gentium 14 ( baptism of desire) and Lumen Gentiuim 16 ( invincible ignorance) is interpreted as being visible. For me it is invisible.1.
So someone has to be wrong. Either the Dominican Curia or St. Dominic made a mistake.The Dominican Curia in Rome says there is no exlusive salvation in the Catholic Church( LG 16 refers to visible exceptions) while St. Dominic taught that there was exclusive salvation in the Church( there were no known Cushingite exceptions in his time.)
What a mess!
What a mess!
September 8, 2016
There is a mistake in Vatican Council II: Lumen Gentium 14( baptism of desire) and Lumen Gentium 16( invincible ignorance) is interpreted by me as being invisible.For the magisterium and most Catholics it is visible
December 7, 2009
December 8, 2009
ANGELICUM UNIVERSITY SAYS PROPHET MOHAMMAD AND IRANIAN PRESIDENT AND MUSLIM LEADERS ORIENTED TO HELL
Dominicans in Nashville still silent : how do they interpret the Catechism of the Catholic Church ? http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2014/04/dominicans-in-nasville-still-silent.html#links
Does the Mandatum of the Bishop ask Dominicans to say there are known exceptions to all needing to convert into the Church in 2014 ? http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2014/04/does-mandatum-of-bishop-ask-dominicans.html
April 14, 2014