04: Catholic Condemnations of Idolatry

While “Pope” Francis is busy constantly denouncing fake “idolatries”, he never utters a word against real idolatry, which is the literal adoration ofcreatures in place of the Creator, as found in Paganism, for example. In fact, Heathen religions are seen by the Vatican II religion as good, as acceptable, as somehow putting people in touch with the true God, even — and this is a frightful blasphemy — as “positively willed by God”! Here are some examples of where the New Church tacitly or even explicitly endorses Heathen religions:

The true Catholic Church, however, can never compromise with error and most certainly cannot respect, much less endorse, false religions. A reality check is in order.

First, let’s have a look at what the inspired and inerrant written Word of God has to say about idolatry. See if you can detect Novus-Ordoism in any of these quotes:

  • “For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.” (Ps 95:5)
  • “Adore not any strange god. The Lord his name is Jealous, he is a jealous God.” (Ex 34:14)
  • “Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:4)
  • “I will destroy your high places, and break your idols. You shall fall among the ruins of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.” (Lev 26:30)
  • “Thou shalt not have strange gods in my sight.” (Deut 5:7)
  • “Overthrow their altars, and break down their statues, burn their groves with fire, and break their idols in pieces: destroy their names out of those places.” (Deut 12:3)
  • God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.” (Jn 4:24)
  • “Now whilst Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred within him, seeing the city wholly given to idolatry.” (Acts 17:16)
  • “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21)
  • “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Apoc 21:8)

These quotes are not very open-minded, for sure.

In 1947, Pope Pius XII published an encyclical letter on Saint Benedict, in which he relates the following anecdote:

Trusting in God and relying on His ever present help, [St. Benedict] went south and arrived at a fort “called Cassino situated on the side of a high mountain…; on this stood an old temple where Apollo was worshipped by the foolish country people, according to the custom of the ancient heathens. Around it likewise grew groves, in which even till that time the mad multitude of infidels used to offer their idolatrous sacrifices. The man of God coming to that place broke the idol, overthrew the altar, burned the groves, and of the temple of Apollo made a chapel of St. Martin. Where the profane altar had stood he built a chapel of St. John; and by continual preaching he converted many of the people thereabout”.

(Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Fulgens Radiatur, n. 11)

Clearly, no “interreligious dialogue” for St. Benedict, and no “culture of encounter” either.

Like St. Benedict, St. Francis Xavier was another one of those ‘Vatican II Joy’ stoppers. Have a look at what is related about him in Fr. Joseph Vann’s Lives of the Saints:

After their baptism the new Christians go back to their houses and bring me their wives and families for baptism. When all are baptized I order all the temples of their false gods to be destroyed and all the idols to be broken in pieces. I can give you no idea of the joy I feel in seeing this done, witnessing the destruction of the idols by the very people who but lately adored them.

(Lives of the Saints, Dec. 3: “St. Francis Xavier”)

But hey, “nothing has changed”, there has been “no rupture with the past”, right? That is what the apologists for the Novus Ordo Sect like to tell us. How hapless the souls who believe and follow them!

Some may object that today’s interreligious dialogue and ecumenism are necessary to obtain and ensure world peace. Those who argue thus must be ignorant of the true Catholic position, which insists that the only true peace is the peace of Christ, which this world cannot give: “the peace of Christ … is the only true peace”, Pope Pius XI taught (Encyclical Ubi Arcano, n. 36). Our Blessed Lord said so Himself: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you” (Jn 14:27).

Obviously, the cause of genuine peace is not new, and so it behooves us to read what the pre-Vatican II Popes wrote about it. Here are three important encyclicals on this topic:

Finally, we offer a sobering reality check regarding the grave sin of idolatry from the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: “Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God.”

Can you picture any Novus Ordo Vatican clerics reciting it aloud in the presence of their Pagan partners-in-dialogue?

Didn’t think so.

Let us pray that the idolatrous peoples of this world will be freed from their enslavement to false gods and, having the liberating Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ preached to them, will be converted to the only living and true God: “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

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