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Previously-Unreleased Vatican II Document Leaked:
Nostra Aetate Part 2:
Declaration on the Relation of the Novus Ordo Church to Satan
Mr. Hugh Moore, Executive Director of the St. Laphadis Foundation in Chicago announced today at a press conference the discovery of a previously unreleased version of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II document on inter-faith relations. The document outlines efforts by the council to reach some level of ecumenical understanding with the Church of Satan. In Germany, an ecumenical Cardinal who prefered to go unnamed gave ghostly praise to the new document, calling it “a breakthrough in the Catholic Church’s journey toward fully reconciling herself with the many gifts that those who reject Christ bring to our cultural heritage.”
NOSTRA AETATE (Part II): Declaration on the relation of the Church to Satan
In this age of ours, when men are are drawing ever more closely together and the bonds of friendship between different peoples are being strengthened, the Church examines with still greater care the relation which she has with Satan.
When God created the angels, He appointed Lucifer the “anointed Cherub” over paradise (Ezek 28:14). Since “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29), it follows that, by virtue of his original office, Satan shall forever enjoy a special place and dignity before God, and therefore men must show respect towards him at all times. Not even the Archangel Michael dared accuse him of wrongdoing (Jude 8-9).
The Apostle James reminds us that Satan still possesses faith, something that not even all men possess (see James 2:19; cf. 2 Thess 3:2). In fact, it was not Peter or any of the Apostles who first recognized and confessed Jesus’ identity, but Satan and his demons (Mt 4:1ff.; 8:29; Mk 1:24). Satan has therefore retained a deep religious sense. This is especially apparent in his efforts to establish religious institutions all around the world through which men have been invited to explore the divine mystery of that One “who is in all” (Eph 4:6) and “who would have all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:4).
Sounding the depths of the mystery which is the Church, this Council remembers the spiritual ties which link the people of the New Covenant to Satan. This link is most poignantly observed in Satan’s angelic nature. The Church of Christ acknowledges that in God’s plan of salvation the beginning of her faith and election is to be found in the angels who were the first of all God’s rational creatures (cf. Job 38:7). She also professes that in the resurrection all Christ’s faithful shall become “as the angels.” (Mt 22:30).
Many of the early Fathers, including Origen, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Maximus the Confessor, Didymus the Blind and Evagrius Ponticus, speculated that Satan would one day be restored to his original place in Heaven.
Ought the Church not to share in this hope? Does it not at least strike a resonant chord deep within the human spirit, experienced by all people of good will, however dispersed throughout the world they might be?
The Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy about Satan. She has high regard for his nature, office, dignity and faith. Although she differs with him on many points of doctrine, nevertheless he often reflects a ray of that truth which enlightens all God’s creatures. Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found within the person of Satan as well as his social and religious life and culture.
[Adapted from original at http://catholiccitizens.org/press/pressview.asp?c=13591]
Not much better, here’s the Vatican II document the above is a parody of:
- Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the [Novus Ordo] Church to Non-Christian Religions (October 28, 1965)