Proselytism, triumphalism, and more!
The Interreligious Dialogue of St. Boniface Winfrid
June 5 is the feast of St. Boniface Winfrid in the Roman calendar, an eighth-century Englishman who evangelized the Germanic peoples with such zeal and success that he is commonly known as the Apostle of Germany.
Today the so-called Catholic News Agency sent a tweet with a link to its biographical page about this great bishop and martyr, which notes:
St. Boniface was very bold in his faith, and was well known for being very good at using the local customs and culture of the day to bring people to Christ. He was born in Devonshire, England, in the seventh century. He was educated at a Benedictine monastery and became a monk, and was sent as a missionary to Germany in 719.
There, he destroyed idols and pagan temples, and built churches on the sites. He was eventually made archbishop of Mainz, where he reformed churches and built religious houses on those sites.
He was martyred on June 5, 754 while on mission in Holland, where a troop of pagans attacked and killed him and his 52 companions.
One story about St. Boniface tells about when he met a tribe in Saxony that was worshipping a Norse deity in the form of a huge oak tree. Boniface walked up to the tree, removed his shirt, took an ax, and without a word, chopped it down. Then he stood on the trunk, and asked: “How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he.”
(Source; underlining added.)
It doesn’t take much to recognize the manifest incongruence between this great Catholic saint on the one hand and, on the other, the absurd program of perpetual interreligious dialogue that is the Golden Calf of the Vatican II Sect which Catholic News Agency represents and promotes on a daily basis.
Here is more information on the incident of St. Boniface cutting down the oak tree the German heathens worshipped:
To show the heathens how utterly powerless were the gods in whom they placed their confidence, Boniface felled the oak sacred to the thunder-god Thor, at Geismar, near Fritzlar. He had a chapel built out of the wood and dedicated it to the prince of the Apostles. The heathens were astonished that no thunderbolt from the hand of Thor destroyed the offender, and many were converted. The fall of this oak marked the fall of heathenism.
(Catholic Encyclopedia, s.v. “St. Boniface”)
Ladies and gentlemen, can you imagine the outrage that something like this would cause in our day, not simply from all sorts of secularists, humanists, pagans, etc., but quite especially from the “Catholic bishops” and most of all “Pope” Francis himself? If St. Boniface were to do something like that today, we would never hear the end of it from Francis and his entire Vatican II gang, which would condemn him in no uncertain terms for:
- Proselytism — instead of dialoguing with and witnessing to the
pagansnon-Christian brothers and sisters by establishing soup kitchens, collecting clothes for the needy, and otherwise worrying about their integral human development, he dared to preach Christ; in this way he disrespected the consciences of the members of the indigenous community and violated their human dignity, which can never be taken away
- Triumphalism — instead of building a bridge of fraternity and dialogue, he offended the religious sensibilities of the people by arrogantly issuing a challenge to them and their traditions; he denigrated their religion, making his own religion appear as superior to theirs, and he tried to rigidly impose his own certainties on them
- Not respecting the Divine Will concerning other Religions — Boniface’s actions were a direct denial of the teaching of the Abu Dhabi declaration signed by Francis, namely, that “[t]he pluralism and the diversity of religions … are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings”
- Not respecting our “Common Home” — his cutting down of the tree was a violent attack on the environment, our common home, and contradicts the encyclical Laudato Si’, which prescribes the proper care of creation; moreover, by using a pretext of religion to waste a natural resource, he committed blasphemy and disrupted the ecological harmony that exists between all the members of creation; his action represents an improper dominion over Mother Nature, which we have a duty to safeguard and protect
As you can see, St. Boniface wouldn’t make it very far in the Vatican II religion, nor would he be held in esteem by today’s Modernists-masquerading-as-Catholics. Therefore, any celebration of this great bishop and martyr by the Novus Ordo establishment is pure hypocrisy. Were Boniface alive today, Francis would be the first one to denounce him!
Definitely not a Vatican II bishop: St. Boniface cuts down the “Sacred Oak” of the pagans
Sixty-five years ago, Pope Pius XII published a beautiful magisterial document on St. Boniface, on which sedevacantist writer Tom Droleskey has provided some commentary:
- Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Ecclesiae Fastos (June 5, 1954)
- Thomas Droleskey, On the Feast of Saint Boniface, the Apostle to Germany
It is interesting that it was a Norse god that the Germanic peoples worshipped, specifically Thor. Such pagan idolatry is experiencing a resurgence in our day in Iceland, where a new heathen temple is currently being built that looks an awful lot like a Novus Ordo church from the outside:
The remains of St. Boniface are kept and venerated at Saint Savior cathedral in Fulda, Germany.
At least until the Muslims take over.
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