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Another Plea for a Strong Church–from a Muslim Baroness!

The world is finally beginning to realize the full import of the doctrinal changes made in the Catholic church by Vatican 2, because now we can see in practical terms rather than philosophical how the liberal doctrine, especially so-called religious liberty promoted by the Council, affects society. Hungary has recently formally rejected secularism, one of the Council’ s novelties, by raising the modest call to promote and celebrate the Christianity at the core of their society. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister,  was interviewed by a Polish Catholic weekly, in which he called for the Church to step up to the crisis. If the Church were stronger, he argued, our country would be stronger. It was a plea on the ground, from the heart, because Hungary is in the fight of its life, literally to survive, after years of socialist corruption and moral degeneration that has left the country  enormous debt and a dangerously falling birth rate.

Now the call for a stronger church has come from another surprising voice–a woman, a Baroness, and a Muslim. Baroness  Sayeeda Warsi was invited to address an audience of future Vatican diplomats studying at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, reports the Vatican Insider three days ago on February 15.

Baroness Warsi did not call for increased religious liberty for her own faith. She called for less!  

She warned the audience of the threat from “a deeply intolerant militant secularization,” and called, instead of liberty, for European leaders to heed the Pope’s  message about the indispensable role of his faith, not hers,  as a foundation of democracy.  Baroness Warsi quoted the Holy Father’s words about the impossibility to disconnect Europe’s past and future history from Christianity.

Like Benedict, she speaks of Christianity, not Catholicism. Like Benedict, she does not cite Pius XI’s Quas Primas teaching that Christ must be at the center of our societies in name and in fact, or that society will fail. What she does recognize is that a more assertive Church is not a threat to her Muslim faith, but helps “reinforce” it, and because of that she chooses to send her daughter to a Christian school rather than to a secular one. It is contrary to modernism’s continual celebration of an insipid diversity.

Vatican Insider calls her observations ‘original,’ and they do seem counter-intuitive, after the education in modernism we’ve been put through the last forty years, but in fact, ‘religious liberty’ causes a reaction, a struggle for power in the vacuum left by the Church. Secularism causes war.

Consider the Philippines, almost 100% Catholic, flung into secularism by the Council, and now challenged and battered by a tiny Muslim minority insisting on–what? An Islamic religious state, of course. Because the secular one they have left, after the Council, is depraved. If the Church would rescind the false teaching of Dignitatis humanae and step up and take Her place as the formal inspiration for the government, many of the most disturbing features of secularism–abortion, contraception, divorce, gay marriage, and uncontrolled fiscal predation on the poor–would be settled. The unborn and families would be protected once again. Other steps could follow.

These pleas for a stronger Church are a recent development in our struggle for justice, excepting SSPX’s older struggle for the same goal – the only justice that matters first, before all others can hope to appear, is the justice of Christ at the center of our nations, and not the vague and weak, deliberately helpless Christianity Benedict calls the faith now. Most of the Protestant sects that consitute ‘Christianity’ have caved in to modernism and do not provide the moral security that the Baroness realizes stable societies need.

That we could possibly have the counter-Reformation at last seems impossible, and yet all around us the false dawn of secularism is fading into a desperate night in a red light district.

Christendom! We will not have it back all at once, it will take work, unity, focus, and martyrs. But Hungary is leading the way, not least by making the meaningless term ‘Christianity’ more explicitly Catholic.  Besdies Hungary’s positive example, we suffer the additional negative motivation of the drastic economic circumstances secularism has left us. God willing it will motivate us to wake up and reclaim our Catholic identity from failed ecumensim, even in America.

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