- The November 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium was similar to the Repubblica interview in that the Pope (Francis) focuses on “two great issues” that, he says, “will shape the future of humanity.” “These issues are first, the inclusion of the poor in society, and second, peace and social dialogue,” he wrote.
On the book ‘Communism and the Consciousness of the West’ by Bishop Fulton Sheen he wrote this in the 1940’s.
He (i.e. the antichrist) will tempt Christians with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ:
The temptation to turn stones into bread as an earthly Messiahs will become the temptation to sell freedom for security, making bread a political weapon which only those who think his way may eat.
The temptation to work a miracle by recklessly throwing himself from a steeple will become a plea to desert the lofty pinnacles of truth where faith and reason reign, for those lower depths where the masses live on slogans and propaganda.
He wants no proclamation of immutable principles from the lofty heights of a steeple, but mass organization through propaganda where only a common man directs the idiosyncrasies of common man. Opinions not truths, commentators not teachers, Gallup polls not principles, nature not grace – to these golden calves will men toss themselves from their Christ.
The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion – one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.
3. Dr Anca-Maria Cernea, Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest,
spoke at the Rome Life Forum on 7 May 2016. This was reported on May 16, 2016 in Voice of the Family. The article can be seen entitled “Cultural Marxism: A Threat to the Family”.
In this article Dr Anca-Maria describes communism and it’s marxist ideologies and it’s attack on western culture. She describes the history of attacks on society from the legalization of abortion by Lenin back in 1920, no-fault divorce, radical sexual education, gay rights movement. She describes how “Marx expresses a profound hatred for God and for the entire human race. Marx doesn’t deny God’s existence, he is jealous of God; he hates Him and wants to take His place …. , and testimonies about strange ceremonies that Marx used to perform in his house, all of which indicate that he was definitely a worshiper of the devil.”
She sums up the threats into two categories:
- The war against family and against innocent human life and
- The Church and the war against family and innocent human life
Excerpts are below:
“The attack against the family and human life is part of a wider revolutionary attempt to re-design human society and human nature.
Its motivation is spiritual. It is a form of revolt against God, against His moral Law and the order of His Creation.
It’s not a spontaneous phenomenon. It’s a war, wedged by a gnostic-revolutionary ideology against the Judeo-Christian Civilization. It has been planned, and carried out over more than a century, leading to the situation we have now”
“Pope Leo XIII in the 19th century saw that communist ideology was an error of religious nature.
He called it “sect” of “socialists, communists, or nihilists” and he condemned it.
Pius XI in Divini Redemptoris (1937) said that communism concealed “a false messianic idea” and a “deceptive mysticism”.
But later on, until Centesimus Annus, the Popes no longer insisted on the religious nature of this error.”
“Our Lady of Fatima warned against “Russia’s errors”, which would spread all over the world. And that is what happened since 1917.
The basic idea is the same as the serpent’s proposal to Adam and Eve, to eat the forbidden fruit, to ignore God’s commandment – “the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:5).
“It appears nowadays to be even more revolutionary than classical Marxism – it pretends to reinvent the family, the sex identity and human nature, while classical Marxism was pretending to re-invent society on the basis of a violent take-over of property.”
“There has been no justice in Russia for the crimes of communism.
Moreover, there is no proof that the huge KGB structure that had infiltrated the whole world has been dissolved”
“The Russian government is anything but Christian. Russia still has not converted.
Our Lady has named “Russia”, not “the Soviet Union”.
“So the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima is now timelier than ever. Russia and the whole world affected by Russia’s errors urgently need consecration to Our Lady. And conversion.”
“The Popes have constantly condemned communism since its earliest days.
Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius XI and Pius XII have all radically rejected communism.
And they have also explicitly warned that communism was a threat to the family.
During the Second World War and in the 50s, this unyielding anticommunism expressed by the Pope and the Church has inspired the resistance to communism of millions of Catholics in Europe.”
“And the Second Vatican Council did not issue a condemnation of communism – in spite of the fact that many Council Fathers had insisted for it.
Along the 2000 years of Church history, the purpose of all Councils (except Vatican II) was to react to error and warn against it. Councils condemned errors. That’s how Catholic theology has been formulated.
But Pope John XXIII said the Church in his time preferred mercy and was not going to pronounce condemnations.”
“Some Catholic bishops went on fighting communism – the most outstanding example is the Polish Church under the leadership of Cardinal Wyszyński.
But not all Catholic bishops in the world did the same. Some even actively promoted communism inside the Church – for instance, under the form of liberation theology in Latin America, a very successful KGB operation.”
“In the Catholic Social Doctrine after Vatican II, the rejection of Marxism became less radical, at the same time as hostility to economic freedom increased. The language of the encyclicals moved from normal Christian language to ideologically contaminated media language.
The family is the first and best institution for fighting poverty and social exclusion.
If we want to help people out of poverty, we should start by defending the family – and Christian morality, because Catholic charity cannot be separated from evangelization.”
“Clear language is an important condition for victory in the spiritual and in the cultural battles:
“Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one”. (Mt 5:37)”
“The shepherds’ duty is to make this distinction clear.
They should preach the Kingdom of God and His justice, not socialist “justice”, understood as government control over economy, or income redistribution.
They should preach peace as offered by Christ, not as stated by the UN.”
“The Church shepherds should preach real freedom, which is liberation from sin, from the slavery of Satan. Veritas liberabit vos. Real freedom means salvation, and thus can never be bad or excessive.”
“The real priority for the Church should be to lead us in the spiritual battle, to save souls, to tell the whole world, now that we have just one year left until the centenary of Fatima:
“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (Mt 3:2) The Kingdom of God, which is not from this world.
Paradise cannot be achieved on earth, good and evil will still coexist in earthly realities, until the Lord Himself will come in glory to judge the world and sort everything out.
But at least a certain degree of normality can be brought about through evangelization and conversion of persons and societies.
That’s the best we can do to “fix the world”.
When there is enough holiness and virtue in our communities, when enough people share the same objective moral criteria (the Ten Commandments), then we don’t need to rely on almighty government bureaucrats to keep society from becoming a lawless jungle.
Then people can trust each other, and citizens, as well as society as a whole, may enjoy freedom.
Then the institutions stick to their job and do it decently, the family is safe, and the culture of life wins over the ideologies of death.
Then civilization is morally strong, and apt to successfully defend itself from barbarism – and also to preach the Gospel to the barbarians and convert them to Christianity.