Pope Urged to End ‘Dialogue’ with Church’s Enemies
After two weeks in Northern Italy, I’m resuming posting today. I’ve been at a symposium in Gardone, on Lake Garda, from where I returned on Saturday with a heavy dose of summer flu and am now on two powerful antibiotics.
The symposium issued what I consider to be one of the best appeals yet to the Holy Father, asking him respectfully yet firmly to take steps to reverse the nonsense which has been plaguing the Church for the past 50 years and is now accelerating out of control. I’ve written a summary of it below. Feel free to circulate it widely. If you want to read the whole thing—and it’s well worth it—Google the Roman Forum website.
A powerful appeal to Pope Francis to reverse the ongoing crisis in the Church and in civilisation has been made by the Roman Forum, a group established in the wake of Pope Paul’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. In particular, they want the Pope to put a stop to efforts at the Synod on the family to undermine Church doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage.
The Forum was founded by the late Dietrich von Hildebrand, described by Pope Pius XII as “the 20th century Doctor of the Church”, and hailed by John Paul II as one of the great ethicists of the past century.
The appeal comes in the form of “the Lake Garda Statement” a carefully drafted and hard-hitting document composed at a recent symposium of the Forum at Gardone in the Italian Lakes. Says the Roman Forum:
In the Church, a Synod on the Family has devolved into a battle to defend the indissolubility of marriage from an attack within, pitting cardinal against cardinal and bishop against bishop. The Synod has produced a midterm relatio, approved by the Pope himself, which calls for the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion on a ‘case by case’ basis without any renunciation of adulterous relations, contrary to the explicit teaching of Pope John Paul II in line with the perennial discipline of the Church. The same document speaks of ‘valuing’ the ‘homosexual orientation’ while recognizing the ‘precious support for the life of the partners’ supposedly provided by ‘homosexual unions’.
In Ireland, a popular referendum has legalized ‘gay marriage’ in that once exemplary Catholic country, while in the United States a bare majority of the Supreme Court has imposed ‘gay marriage’ on all fifty states. Yet the Pope and the Vatican observe a resounding silence. At the same time, the Vatican hosts conferences on climate change with notorious atheists who advocate population control and ‘sustainable development goals’ (SDGs) that would only oppress ordinary people, including the poor, while leaving untouched the hegemony of multinational corporations which, in fact, are working with the United Nations to fashion a worldwide SDG regime. The Vatican itself has endorsed a SDG calling on member nations to ‘ensure universal sexual and reproductive health and rights’.
As the nations descend ever more rapidly into an abyss of depravity, the Pope has issued a 185-page encyclical on an ecological crisis that diverts attention from the catastrophic collapse of sexual morality in a civilisation ridden by divorce, contraception, and abortion. As to abortion, the encyclical speaks of the ‘human embryo’ in the context of ‘concern for the protection of nature’, while earlier lamenting the extinction of plant and animal species as a loss to our children and a diminution of the glory owed to God.”
Only the Holy Father, says the statement, can end what amounts to an unprecedented de facto suspension of the Church’s true mission in the name of a Council whose restless “spirit”, moving far beyond even the problematical conciliar texts, has produced what Benedict XVI, speaking just days before his mysterious abdication of the papacy, described as “so many disasters, so many problems, so much suffering” in the Church.
Therefore, we implore the reigning Roman Pontiff to reverse the Church’s course of the past fifty years, abandoning a disastrous ‘opening to the world’ and an endless ‘dialogue’ and fruitless collaboration with the Church’s implacable opponents. With respect to the Synod, we urgently petition the Pope to put a stop to all further efforts to use the synodal process to undermine the indissolubility of marriage—and thus the entire moral edifice of the Church—by means of a sophistical disjunction between doctrine and practice, making a mockery not only of the words of Our Lord Himself but also of the teaching of John Paul II that ‘only by the acceptance of the Gospel are the hopes that man legitimately places in marriage and in the family capable of being fulfilled’.
And finally, we beseech the Roman Pontiff to fulfil his duty as Vicar of Christ and Universal Shepherd by leading the way to a restoration of the continuity between the Church’s venerable teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ—never repealed—and the practice of churchmen both high and low. This is in accord with the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, which recalls the sacred obligation of Catholics to evangelize their fellow citizens and work for the transformation of social order in keeping with Christ’s kingship.
For these intentions, we make our own the Lord’s prayer for the first Pope, which surely also applies to every one of his successors, especially in this age of unparalleled diabolical disorientation: ‘And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.’
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for Us!
The Board of the Roman Forum includes philosophers, lawyers, economists and journalists. Its Director is John Rao, Associate Professor of History at St John’s University, New York.