Sillonism warmed over…
Francis to Youth:
“You Believe in a New Humanity”!
Thank heavens, World Youth Day 2016 is over. And thankfully, the dreaded in-flight press conference on Francis’ trip back to Rome was not nearly as bad as expected, although this merely testifies to how horrible the expectations are at this point. When asked about why he always speaks about violence and terrorism in general and never specifically identifies it as Islamic, the Jesuit apostate had this to say: “…There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence . . . and no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything….” To read the drivel in its entirety, please see the full transcript here, but don’t say you weren’t warned.
The focus of this post is not the in-flight entertainment, however, but Francis’ sermon at his World Youth Day Closing “Mass” on Sunday, July 31. While Muslims were snacking at a “Mass” 1,500 miles away in western Italy, Francis told his Cracow audience the following: “God loves us the way we are, and no sin, fault or mistake of ours makes him change his mind” (Homily at Campus Misericordiae). Billy Joel couldn’t have expressed it better. Of course it is absolutely false, probably heretical, but certainly favorable to heresy and savoring of it. Surely the various Novus Ordo apologists will be quick to find a way to spin this statement in a thousand different ways, but there can be no doubt that the obvious and intended meaning of this statement is also the meaning that virtually everyone who listened to him attached to it, namely, that sin does not separate us from God. The Council of Trent had a few things to say on that.
But Billy Joel theology isn’t all that Francis had to offer. John Lennon made an appearance too:
People may judge you to be dreamers, because you believe in a new humanity, one that rejects hatred between peoples, one that refuses to see borders as barriers and can cherish its own traditions without being self-centred or small-minded. Don’t be discouraged: with a smile and open arms, you proclaim hope and you are a blessing for our one human family, which here you represent so beautifully!
(Francis, Homily at Campus Misericordiae, July 31, 2016)
So Francis has a dream for a new humanity — too bad he doesn’t believe in the real new humanity, which our Lord Jesus Christ created in grace and instituted through the New Covenant in His Blood:
But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus: to put off, according to former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted according to the desire of error. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind: And put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth. (Eph 4:20-24)
If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away, behold all things are made new. (2 Cor 5:17)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (Gal 6:15)
It is our Lord Jesus Christ who, being the New Adam, has regenerated the human race in His grace, but this regeneration can only be applied to individuals through baptism, which is the “laver of regeneration” (Tit 3:5) through which a man is “born again of water and the Holy Ghost” (Jn 3:5). Thus baptism is the “circumcision of Christ” (Col 2:11), which alone makes the new man acceptable to God.
It is for this reason that Pope St. Pius X sought “to restore all things in Christ”, as was His papal motto, derived from Eph 1:10. But Francis’ “new humanity” is not the regenerated man of the New Covenant. If it were, he would genuinely seek to convert all unbelievers to the one and only true Faith; but this he calls “solemn nonsense”! No, for Francis, the “new humanity” is the Naturalist humanity of Freemasonry, in which all are united, not in supernatural charity through the grace of Christ, but in a natural “fraternity” that seeks ultimate happiness in temporal creation, rather than in the Eternal Creator: “Our response to a world at war has a name: its name is fraternity, its name is brotherhood, its name is communion, its name is family” (Francis, Address at Prayer Vigil, July 30, 2016). Yes, the name of Francis’ response to war is clearly not Jesus Christ but instead, “fraternity”.
In 1922, Pope Pius XI gave the Catholic answer to the problem of war: “… the peace of Christ … is the only true peace” (Encyclical Ubi Arcano, n. 37; cf. Jn 14:27), His Holiness said, and he provided an outline of how to attain this peace of Christ. Three years later, the same Pope instituted the Feast of Christ the King to facilitate the happy state of a world that acknowledges the social reign of Jesus Christ the King, not only over families and individuals but over nations and societies as well (see Encyclical Quas Primas). At Vatican II, the Novus Ordo Sect dethroned Christ the King and put man in His place, replacing the Reign of Christ with the Masonic notion of religious liberty. The results of this apostasy are visible today.
It is evident, then, the Vatican II ideas about fraternity, humanity, dignity, etc. that Francis is touting are nothing new. In fact, they were condemned over 100 years ago, for example, by Pope Pius X in his 1910 Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique against the errors of the French Sillonist movement. Listen to these refreshing and salutary words of the great anti-Modernist Saint-Pope:
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker – the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. OMNIA INSTAURARE IN CHRISTO.
The same applies to the notion of Fraternity which they found on the love of common interest or, beyond all philosophies and religions, on the mere notion of humanity, thus embracing with an equal love and tolerance all human beings and their miseries, whether these are intellectual, moral, or physical and temporal. But Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie in the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be, nor in the theoretical or practical indifference towards the errors and vices in which we see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their intellectual and moral improvement as well as for their material well-being. Catholic doctrine further tells us that love for our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father to all, and goal of the whole human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we are, to the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus Christ Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting.
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan and secular societies of ages past to show that concern for common interests or affinities of nature weigh very little against the passions and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable Brethren, there is no genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly happiness.
By separating fraternity from Christian charity thus understood, Democracy, far from being a progress, would mean a disastrous step backwards for civilization. If, as We desire with all Our heart, the highest possible peak of well being for society and its members is to be attained through fraternity or, as it is also called, universal solidarity, all minds must be united in the knowledge of Truth, all wills united in morality, and all hearts in the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ. But this union is attainable only by Catholic charity, and that is why Catholic charity alone can lead the people in the march of progress towards the ideal civilization.
There was a time when the Sillon, as such, was truly Catholic. It recognized but one moral force – Catholicism; and the Sillonists were wont to proclaim that Democracy would have to be Catholic or would not exist at all. A time came when they changed their minds. They left to each one his religion or his philosophy. They ceased to call themselves Catholics and, for the formula “Democracy will be Catholic” they substituted “Democracy will not be anti-Catholic”, any more than it will be anti-Jewish or anti-Buddhist. This was the time of “the Greater Sillon”. For the construction of the Future City they appealed to the workers of all religions and all sects. These were asked but one thing: to share the same social ideal, to respect all creeds, and to bring with them a certain supply of moral force. Admittedly: they declared that “The leaders of the Sillon place their religious faith above everything. But can they deny others the right to draw their moral energy from whence they can? In return, they expect others to respect their right to draw their own moral energy from the Catholic Faith. Accordingly they ask all those who want to change today’s society in the direction of Democracy, not to oppose each other on account of the philosophical or religious convictions which may separate them, but to march hand in hand, not renouncing their convictions, but trying to provide on the ground of practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal convictions. Perhaps a union will be effected on this ground of emulation between souls holding different religious or philosophical convictions.” And they added at the same time (but how could this be accomplished?) that “the Little Catholic Sillon will be the soul of the Greater Cosmopolitan Sillon.”
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact….
…For the Sillonists who, in public lectures and elsewhere, proudly proclaim their personal faith, certainly do not intend to silence others nor do they intend to prevent a Protestant from asserting his Protestantism, and the skeptic from affirming his skepticism. Finally, what are we to think of a Catholic who, on entering his study group, leaves his Catholicism outside the door so as not to alarm his comrades who, “dreaming of disinterested social action, are not inclined to make it serve the triumph of interests, coteries and even convictions whatever they may be”?…
…But stranger still, alarming and saddening at the same time, are the audacity and frivolity of men who call themselves Catholics and dream of re-shaping society under such conditions, and of establishing on earth, over and beyond the pale of the Catholic Church, “the reign of love and justice” with workers coming from everywhere, of all religions and of no religion, with or without beliefs, so long as they forego what might divide them – their religious and philosophical convictions, and so long as they share what unites them – a “generous idealism and moral forces drawn from whence they can”. When we consider the forces, knowledge, and supernatural virtues which are necessary to establish the Christian City, and the sufferings of millions of martyrs, and the light given by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and the self-sacrifice of all the heroes of charity, and a powerful hierarchy ordained in heaven, and the streams of Divine Grace – the whole having been built up, bound together, and impregnated by the life and spirit of Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God, the Word made man – when we think, I say, of all this, it is frightening to behold new apostles eagerly attempting to do better by a common interchange of vague idealism and civic virtues. What are they going to produce? What is to come of this collaboration? A mere verbal and chimerical construction in which we shall see, glowing in a jumble, and in seductive confusion, the words Liberty, Justice, Fraternity, Love, Equality, and human exultation, all resting upon an ill-understood human dignity. It will be a tumultuous agitation, sterile for the end proposed, but which will benefit the less Utopian exploiters of the people. Yes, we can truly say that the Sillon, its eyes fixed on a chimera, brings Socialism in its train.
We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men become brothers and comrades at last in the “Kingdom of God”. – “We do not work for the Church, we work for mankind.”
And now, overwhelmed with the deepest sadness, We ask Ourselves, Venerable Brethren, what has become of the Catholicism of the Sillon? Alas! this organization which formerly afforded such promising expectations, this limpid and impetuous stream, has been harnessed in its course by the modern enemies of the Church, and is now no more than a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church which shall have neither dogmas, nor hierarchy, neither discipline for the mind, nor curb for the passions, and which, under the pretext of freedom and human dignity, would bring back to the world (if such a Church could overcome) the reign of legalized cunning and force, and the oppression of the weak, and of all those who toil and suffer.
We wish to draw your attention, Venerable Brethren, to this distortion of the Gospel and to the sacred character of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God and man, prevailing within the Sillon and elsewhere. As soon as the social question is being approached, it is the fashion in some quarters to first put aside the divinity of Jesus Christ, and then to mention only His unlimited clemency, His compassion for all human miseries, and His pressing exhortations to the love of our neighbor and to the brotherhood of men. True, Jesus has loved us with an immense, infinite love, and He came on earth to suffer and die so that, gathered around Him in justice and love, motivated by the same sentiments of mutual charity, all men might live in peace and happiness. But for the realization of this temporal and eternal happiness, He has laid down with supreme authority the condition that we must belong to His Flock, that we must accept His doctrine, that we must practice virtue, and that we must accept the teaching and guidance of Peter and his successors. Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them. Whilst He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to apply only to one’s personal life in order to win eternal salvation; these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism.
(Pope St. Pius X, Apostolic Letter Notre Charge Apostolique; underlining added.)
The contrast between St. Pius X the Catholic and Francis the Sillonist couldn’t be any clearer. This also explains why, although claiming to have a “strong devotion” (!) to St. Pius X, Francis’ address on the great saint’s 100th anniversary of death was nothing but deafening silence.
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