Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
November 14, 2004
vol 15, no. 184
"Fruitful in Every Good Work"
1 Colossians 1: 10
Today's modern church of Vatican II has established the mission of the Church as one which disgards the teachings of Christ in order to accommodate man and pagan religions of every type at the expense of souls everywhere, thus gravely ignoring the warning words of the Apostles Paul and James, past Sovereign Pontiffs, and especially Our Lord, Who warned in Matthew 10: 28, "And fear not them that kill the body, and cannot kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell."
"Who will preach the Gospel to the multitudes today, so that those of good will may believe and be saved? Not the Vatican, which, it appears, has become hard of hearing, and now has 'respect' for the false religions and condones the worship of idols. Congratulatory notes are sent from the Vatican these days to the Hindus on their feast of Diwali (on which they worship the terrible goddess Kali, and the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi), and to the Muslims at the close of the month of Ramadan (during which they fast to no purpose, since without faith it is impossible to please God). It's like saying to them, if we may paraphrase St. James: 'Go in peace, take comfort in your false religion in which there is no salvation,' without offering them the only thing that would make their worship acceptable and their works pleasing to God - faith in Jesus Christ, Baptism, and membership in the Holy Catholic Church."
Editor's Note: In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, he compares what Christ commanded to what is being peddled by the Vatican II church today, a direct contradiction to Our Lord's charge as well as Pope Pius IX's assertive words that we must do all in our power to "rescue them from the darkness of the errors into which they have unhappily fallen and strive to bring them back to Catholic truth." He identifies the cavalier attitude of the newChurch in placating pagan religions while selling out the true Faith. The Faith of the hierarchy of the modern church cannot seem to comprehend the parables Christ spoke which are "hidden from the foundation of the world," and consequently, the faith of the modern church is so weak that it has caved to the world, the flesh and the devil by approving the non-Catholics in their error, a grave heresy that has and will continue to deny countless souls from attaining everlasting life. Father points out the bad fruits of the false religion of Vatican II and how fruitless are their works in contrast to Paul's words in Colossians 1: 10 "Fruitful in Every Good Work."
[bold and italics below are editor's emphasis.]
St. Paul commends the Thessalonians in today's Epistle for their "work of faith, and labor, and charity," and their "enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess.1:3). St. James speaks of those who are wanting in works of faith: "If a brother or a sister be naked and in want of daily food, and one of you say to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' yet you do not give them what is necessary for the body, what does it profit? So faith too, unless it has works, is dead in itself" (Jas.2:14-17).
Jesus Christ, Who went about doing good (Acts 10:38), spoke to the crowds in parables. Those of good will would understand. But most would not, as He explains to His disciples:
"This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, neither do they understand. In them is being fulfilled the prophecy of Isaias, who says, 'Hearing you will hear, but not understand; and seeing you will see, but not perceive. For the heart of this people has been hardened, and with their ears they have been hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their mind, and be converted, and I heal them" (Mt.13:15).
Who will preach the Gospel to the multitudes today, so that those of good will may believe and be saved? Not the Vatican, which, it appears, has become hard of hearing, and now has "respect" for the false religions and condones the worship of idols. Congratulatory notes are sent from the Vatican these days to the Hindus on their feast of Diwali (on which they worship the terrible goddess Kali, and the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi), and to the Muslims at the close of the month of Ramadan (during which they fast to no purpose, since without faith it is impossible to please God). It's like saying to them, if we may paraphrase St. James: "Go in peace, take comfort in your false religion in which there is no salvation," without offering them the only thing that would make their worship acceptable and their works pleasing to God - faith in Jesus Christ, Baptism, and membership in the Holy Catholic Church.
Alas, we also hear of idol worship at the White House, where pictures of the goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha, two deities of the Hindu pantheon worshipped on Diwali, adorned a room decorated with many lamps (newkerala.com). The Times of India reports (Nov. 13): "From the two-hour Diwali celebrations in the White House, which was attended by around 100 top Indian Americans this year, to the homes and streets of India… the festival is getting bigger and better than ever before."
We must have compassion for those who are denied access to the Gospel by the very institution charged by Jesus Christ with speaking the truth to the whole world. Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, speaks to the Hindus in glowing terms about their "religious tradition," with no suggestion that they should leave the darkness of error behind and embrace the light of truth:
"Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the oldest and most important feasts which you celebrate in your religious tradition. During these festive days you recall the victory of good over evil. This is symbolized when your homes are lit up by lamps to chase away the darkness of the night. Renewed hope can be seen on many faces; there are signs of great joy in the hearts of many Hindus; and in those who have been weighed down by the preoccupations and worries of daily life there is a renewed determination to begin afresh. On behalf of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, entrusted by His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the task of promoting harmonious and friendly relations with people of all religions, I wish you happy Diwali" (Nov.8, 2004, Zenit.org).
How do we dare wish them "Happy Diwali" and speak of their "renewed hope" without calling them to believe, and to have "enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ," in Whom alone one may find eternal life, and without Whom one is condemned to the everlasting fires of Hell? What cause have they for great joy in their hearts if they do not know Jesus Christ and will forever lose Heaven? This is the "very grave error" condemned by Pope Pius IX in 1863, "which is found among some Catholics who adopt the belief that persons living in errors and outside the true faith can arrive at eternal life." This, he adds, "is supremely contrary to Catholic doctrine."
The holy Pope also says, almost echoing the words of St. Paul in today's Epistle: "God forbid that the children of the Catholic Church should even in any way be unfriendly to those who are not at all united to us by the same bonds of faith and love. On the contrary, let them be eager always to attend to their needs with all the kind services of Christian charity, whether they are poor or sick or suffering any other kind of visitation. First of all, let them rescue them from the darkness of the errors into which they have unhappily fallen and strive to guide them back to Catholic truth and to their most loving Mother who is ever holding out her maternal arms to receive them lovingly back into her fold. Thus, firmly founded in faith, hope, and charity and fruitful in every good work, they will gain eternal salvation" (On Promotion of False Doctrines, Aug.10, 1863).
For encouragement we can always go to St. Paul: "Therefore, as you have received Jesus Christ our Lord, so walk in him; be rooted in him and built up on him, and strengthened in the faith, as you also have learnt, rendering thanks abundantly. See to it that no one deceives you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to human traditions, according to the element of the world and not according to Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in him who is the head of every Principality and Power you have received of that fullness" (Col.2:6-10).
Pope Pius IX speaks from the heart: "We love, indeed, all mankind with the inmost affection of our heart, yet not otherwise than in the love of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, Who came to seek and to save that which had perished, Who died for all, Who wills all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth; Who, therefore, sent His disciples into the whole world to preach the Gospel to every creature, proclaiming that those who should believe and be baptized should be saved, but that those who should not believe should be condemned" (as quoted by Fr. Michael Muller, C.SS.R., Questions and Answers on Salvation, from Pope Pius IX, Allocution to Cardinals, Dec.17, 1847, Catholic Family News, November, 2004).
May the Lord Jesus Christ give you a mind to know Him, a heart to love Him, and a will to serve Him! Amen!
Father Louis J. Campbell
For the Sunday Proper for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see "Dicit Dominus"