The Humanism of John Paul II|
The Assisi Interfaith Prayer Scandals - I
Where is the line between "I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange god before Me" and the blasphemies of Assisi?
"...some say, what's wrong with praying for peace? Didn't Christ our Lord say, "Blessed are the peacemakers"? There is of course nothing wrong with praying for peace. What is wrong is praying for peace together with other religions and/or telling people of other faiths to pray for peace to their own false god(s) because, first, it is sinful to command someone to pray to a false deity, and second, because people of these other religions will not pray for the peace we truly need, namely, the peace of Christ, which is the only true peace there is. By putting Christ on the back burner, and favoring some sort of humanistic, pan-religious peace - as if a truce were more important than Christ! - the Assisi meeting was abominable, blasphemous, idolatrous, and scandalous."
It didn't just happen once in Assisi, it happened twice: October 27, 1986 and January 24, 2002. Pope John Paul II gathered representatives from the different world religions in a communal effort to "pray for peace"- each to their own "god." This reprehensible pan-religious meeting, entirely unprecedented in the history of the Church, with no Pope before John Paul II ever engaging in such an abomination, is based on the gospel of man and the "ecumania" which has emanated from Vatican II and the Novus Ordo establishment. The Masons must have rejoiced when Assisi I took place in 1986 and now part II just recently a few months ago at the end of January, 2002.
What is so abominable about the two Assisi meetings and meetings like them? Here are some answers:
the underlying heretical principle that God hears the prayers of all religions
the underlying heretical principle that these false religions have the right to worship God in the way they do and believing about Him what they believe
the pushing aside of Christ and His Truth in order to promote a worldly good - secular peace
the evil command by the Pope that the people of other religions should go and pray to their false god(s)
[concerning the Assisi meetings in particular:] the underlying heresy of pacifism, which says that all war and violence is intrinsically wrong
I am sure there are more underlying facets here, but these are the ones that come to my mind most readily and should suffice to convince any Catholic that what happened at Assisi both times was abominable in the sight of God. If the Holy Father wants true peace, he ought to heed Our Lady of Fatima's request and consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with all the bishops. Alas, it seems the Pope finds it easier to drum up every infidel under the sun rather than asking the world's Catholic bishops to join him in fulfilling what Our Lady asked for.
But, some say, what's wrong with praying for peace? Didn't Christ our Lord say, "Blessed are the peacemakers"? There is of course nothing wrong with praying for peace. What is wrong is praying for peace together with other religions and/or telling people of other faiths to pray for peace to their own false god(s) because, first, it is sinful to command someone to pray to a false deity, and second, because people of these other religions will not pray for the peace we truly need, namely, the peace of Christ, which is the only true peace there is. By putting Christ on the back burner, and favoring some sort of humanistic, pan-religious peace - as if a truce were more important than Christ! - the Assisi meeting was abominable, blasphemous, idolatrous, and scandalous.
Let's face it. Without Christ, there is and can be no true peace. We must be careful to distinguish true peace - which is the living together in harmony and agreement between people - and truce, which is simply the absence of war. Only Christ can give true peace, and such true peace can only exist when everyone adores God the way He wishes to be adored: with all people believing all divinely-revealed truths and worshiping Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, perfect peace exists when all people are Catholic! This is the will of God and it ought to be the will of the Roman Pontiff. Apparently, this is not so. Sad to say, but I feel that John Paul II wishes everyone to live in harmony together, rather than all people becoming Catholic.
Christ has to reign in our lands and in our hearts. That is true peace. That is what we must pray for, and not some kind of humanistic worldly "peace" that is a truce at best and totally ignores the divine mandate to "teach . . . all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. [Teach] them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (St. Matthew 28:19-20).
Father Peter Scott, SSPX, points out the difference between "peace" and peace quite beautifully in his March 1, 2002 letter in the Regina Coeli Report: "This peace [promoted at Assisi] is not the supernatural peace of submission to the reign of Christ the King, but the humanistic peace of 'solidarity,' getting on together. Forgetting that if St. Francis was an instrument of peace, it was only because he was such a lover of Christ crucified as to bear his stigmata. . . ."
This divine mandate to convert all nations is certainly not observed by an interfaith prayer meeting in which different religions either pray together or each religion prays to its own deity, when there is only One True God who has commanded the Catholic religion. The Assisi meetings gave an unmistakable impression: 'When it comes to "peace" (their version of peace), all these "religionisms" do not matter; heck, what's at stake is much more important than what each religion really claims and teaches. Let's all forget about it for a while and get along.' Isn't that the impression we get? In Assisi, the Pope has put a secular, humanistic "peace" over and above Christ Jesus our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Don't believe me? Wait till you actually read what was said/"prayed" at Assisi. Here's an excerpt:
"We commit ourselves to proclaiming our firm conviction that violence and terrorism are incompatible with the authentic spirit of religion, and, as we condemn every recourse to violence and war in the name of God or religion, we commit ourselves to doing everything possible to eliminate the root causes of terrorism." (Read by Rev. Dr. Konrad Raiser in German, available from www.vatican.va)
Look at what is being put forth here: an "authentic spirit of religion." A Mason couldn't be happier at that expression! This is typical razzmatazz the kind I've discussed in the past three installments. There is no authentic spirit of religion other than a true Catholic spirit. But here "religion" as such is being glorified, as if religion had any merit if it is not Catholic. What is objectively pleasing in the eyes of God is the Catholic Faith, and not "religion." And I am not saying that God may not look favorably upon some individuals of other religions who don't know better, but rather that all other religion, no matter how sincere and heartfelt, is in error, it is evil (because not fully true and therefore partly a demonic deception, i.e. a product and tool of Satan) and does not have a right to exist. Unlike what John Paul II said not too long ago, we do not have "respect for authentic Islam," because it is a false religion. We may have respect for certain individual Muslims, but never for the false religion they profess.
Here is more from the 2002 Assisi interfaith meeting by Bishop Piero Marini with the Holy Father's blessings:
"All Christians, in fellowship of faith in the confession of the Holy
Trinity, united in the word of salvation and the bond of Holy Baptism, can
and must not only bear witness to peace and courageously commit themselves
to building a world renewed by forgiveness and love, but they must also
pray together, in hearing the one Word, in the intercession of the one
Lord Jesus, in the communion of the one Spirit, in the invocation of their
one heavenly Father." (Significance of the Christian Celebration, No. 3, from
This is outrageous! There is enough controversy about whether it is even permitted to pray with Protestants - but the mere permission is obviously no longer enough for the Novus Ordo church. Now we are obliged to pray with them! Over my dead body will I admit that a Catholic is obliged in conscience to pray with someone not his own faith!
To see just how awful the Assisi 2002 meeting was, I encourage you to look at the photo gallery of the event at the Vatican's web site, e.g.www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/documents/travels/assisi5.html
But I must warn you! This will shock you if you are a Catholic. You see, what actually happened was some of the rooms at that the Sacred Convent of St. Francis were cleared of all Roman Catholic items (e.g. statues, crucifixes, Rosaries, etc.) in order to host the infidels in there that set up their own things in order to offer their abominable sacrifices to their false deities. Don't believe me? Here is how the rooms were arranged:
- Room A Islam
- Room B Buddhism
- Room C Sikhismo
- Room D Traditional African Religions
- Room E Hinduism
- Room F Tenriko
- Room G Shintoism
- Room H Judaism
- Room I Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Confucianism
Just what these folks practiced in those rooms you can see by visiting the photo gallery of the Vatican web site at www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/documents/travels/index_photo_assisi_en.html
Doesn't this turn your guts? It surely should. "Traditional African religions"- doesn't that include Voodoo? Gosh, I don't even want to find out. That this whole meeting was one big scandal to the Catholic Church of immeasurable proportions is clear. That is something John Paul II ought to apologize for.
Much more to come on this topic, but I'm running out of space. I strongly encourage you to get the book Peter, Lovest Thou Me? by Abbe Daniel Le Roux, available from Angelus Press (1-800-966-7337). It contains detailed information about the first Assisi event in 1986 and looks quite critically at the phenomenon of Pope John Paul II. It includes many photographs, statistics, and other resources.
The scandals are not exclusively with the sexual abuse accusations so prevalent in the media today. If only conservatives who chant "John Paul II, we love you!" could see the scandal caused by Assisi.
I'm sorry I have to lay bare the facts about Assisi during Easter week of all weeks, but such is the nature of the current crisis in our holy Church. I'll pick up here next week. God bless.
Editor's Note: So many of the post-conciliar bishops today refer to those clinging to the true Roman Catholic traditions that were in vogue for 2000 years prior to the reforms of Vatican II as 'fossils,' 'dinosaurs,' 'old folks who will die off soon.' We beg to differ and offer as proof the youthful wisdom and enthusiasm of the younger generation in the Traditional Insights of Mario Derksen who exemplifies the thinking of many more young men and women today who realize the new thinking of the post-conciliar church does not add up to true Catholic teaching. Thus they long for those traditions so tried and true. His insight shows great promise, optimism and hope for the future of Holy Mother Church.
For past columns by Mario Derksen, see Archives for www.DailyCatholic.org/2002mdi.htm
April 5-7, 2002
volume 13, no. 65
Mario Derksen's young and refreshing TRADITIONAL INSIGHTS