February 1, 2004
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
vol 15, no. 32

The Decline and Fall of the Civilization of Love

The Doomed Fate of Flight 1962

    "Where God and His Church are excluded, and they certainly are excluded from the new world order which has overtaken us, in which secular humanist principles have replaced God's Commandments, can we expect a 'truly universal brotherhood' leading to a 'civilization of love'? What kind of 'fraternity' is embodied in the so-called 'great charters'? Only the inconstant fellowship of a fallen human nature, certainly not the true brotherhood shared by those who belong to the New Covenant sealed in the Blood of Christ. Then why does the 'church of Vatican II' place such strong hopes in secular powers and institutions (aside from the fact that it appears to be part and parcel of the same)?"

      Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany, he focuses on today's Epistle and the Apostle Paul's meaning of love. It is far different than what the church of Vatican II is pushing with their 'civilization of love' propaganda and heretical 'flight plan' of the last 40 years. Just as the Apostles in today's Gospel were on a journey, being tossed to and fro in the boat as the waves lapped against the hull, they turned to their only Hope - Christ - to save them. With Divine Power He quelled the raging sea. Father provides a parable of another journey, a doomed flight that is destined to crash land for it is off course - far, far off course. Despite the refrains from Rome to "come fly with me" to Utopia on earth, there is nothing ahead except the fathoms of destruction which modern Rome is plunging toward, taking with it so many countless passengers who are depending on man to steer them to salvation when Who they really need to turn to is Christ as their Sovereign King and Pilot. Only He can provide the parachutes of pure Truth and Love. [bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]

    St. Paul tells us in today's Epistle to love one another, because he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law (Eph.13: 8-10). This thought is often echoed by the saints, as in these words from St. Augustine: "Love and do what you will," since those who truly love will do nothing to offend God or neighbor. But though the world is always singing songs about love, like "What the world needs now is love," it has no understanding of the love that is "poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Rom.5:5). As Hamlet says, "Ay, there's the rub." The love that "fulfills the Law" is the theological virtue of Charity, which comes with Sanctifying Grace given through Baptism to those who believe in Jesus Christ. Certainly love exists on the natural level, but it is the passing love that belongs to this creation, the noblest of natural virtues, but incapable of reaching the level of the supernatural without the presence of grace. Stand in the breeze and flap your arms all you want. You will never fly.

    Earnestly flapping its arms, the conciliar church is currently telling us that "Love conquers all," and continues its fervent pleas for a "civilization of love," failing to make it clear that the love that builds the "City of God" must be more than the ordinary garden variety. In this sample quotation it appeals to the various "towers of Babel" that have raised their proud heads over us:

    "At the dawn of a new millennium, there is growing hope that relationships between people will be increasingly inspired by the ideal of a truly universal brotherhood… The importance of fraternity is proclaimed in the great 'charters' of human rights; it is embodied in great international institutions, particularly the United Nations; and it is called for, as never before, by the process of globalization which is leading to a progressive unification of the economy, culture and society" (Dialogue Between Cultures for a Civilization of Love and Peace, Papal Message for World Day of Peace, Jan. 1, 2001, 1).

    Where God and His Church are excluded, and they certainly are excluded from the new world order which has overtaken us, in which secular humanist principles have replaced God's Commandments, can we expect a "truly universal brotherhood" leading to a "civilization of love"? What kind of "fraternity" is embodied in the so-called "great charters"? Only the inconstant fellowship of a fallen human nature, certainly not the true brotherhood shared by those who belong to the New Covenant sealed in the Blood of Christ. Then why does the "church of Vatican II" place such strong hopes in secular powers and institutions (aside from the fact that it appears to be part and parcel of the same)?

    Imagine a flight about to take off from Los Angeles bound for New York City. The happy passengers look forward to landing in "the Big Apple" in a few hours. Unfortunately, the pilot has filed the wrong flight plan, and instead of flying east across the continental United States, he veers west over the Pacific Ocean. Most of the passengers are watching the in-flight movie, and are too busy slurping their martinis and double scotches to notice anything amiss. Only a few alert passengers are uneasy because they look out and can see nothing but water. When they warn the flight attendants, they are told, "Oh, the pilot has everything under control. We must be passing over Lake Michigan." As the thirsty engines lap up the last few gallons of gas, and the plane begins its nosedive into the cold waters of the Pacific, one of the flight attendants announces: "Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts. In a few moments we will be landing at Kennedy International Airport."

    This is a parable of the "Church of Vatican II." It may have a destination in mind, but it has filed the wrong flight plan. The Church must chart its course by the faith received from the Apostles, which it has jealously guarded and taught anew to each generation. The Church teaches that "outside the Church there is no salvation." But the "flight plan" of the "Church of Vatican II" is the doctrine of Universal Salvation, which tells us that we were all born in the state of original grace, EVERYONE is being saved, and there are many paths, all of which lead to Heaven. This was affirmed by John Paul II in his message for Mission Sunday, October 20, 2002, when he made this astonishing declaration:

    "Through evangelization, believers help people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and, as pilgrims on this earth, although on different paths, we are all on our way to the common Homeland which God, through ways known only to Him, does not cease to indicate to us."

    From this heretical doctrine flow disastrous consequences. It is the doctrine that gives wings to John Paul II's ambitious ecumenical program, and enables his initiatives towards secular institutions like the UN. It is not surprising that this UNIVERSALISM has taken root in the conciliar church, which is shot through with MODERNISM, since Pope St. Pius X described the Modernist heresy as "the synthesis of all heresies." (see "Pascendi Dominici gregis")

    The doctrine of Universal Salvation has caused the almost total collapse of the Catholic Religion and its replacement by another religion, a new church not founded by Jesus Christ, but by the Vatican II innovators and the conciliar "popes".

    But lets get real! Like the plane that took off from LA International Airport and is now plunging to its destruction somewhere out over the Pacific, the flight plan of the conciliar church has a fatal flaw, and it is now beginning its final nosedive, even though its leaders continue to announce its imminent arrival in the neverland of love and peace. Those who put their confidence in the leadership of the conciliar church had better fasten their seatbelts. Better yet, let them return to the true Church, which still exists as a scattered remnant, where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of the Traditional Roman Rite and the ancient faith of our fathers may still be found. It will never be utterly destroyed.

    In whom, then, do we place our trust? Like the disciples in the boat rocked by the storm, we cry out to Jesus, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" The same Jesus Who rebuked the wind and the sea will calm the present cyclone and restore His Holy Church. There is no "civilization of love" without Christ the King! Jesus Christ must reign as King of all Nations! Jesus Christ is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (Jn.14:6). His Gospel must be preached and His commands obeyed! His is the Kingdom of love and peace!

    Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!
    Christ conquers! Christ reigns! Christ commands!

Father Louis J. Campbell

For the Proper of Today's Holy Mass - Missa "Adorate Deum", see Fourth Sunday After Epiphany


February 1, 2004
vol 15, no. 32
"Qui legit, intelligat"
Father Louis Campbell's Sunday Sermons

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