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Vatican Cardinal Leads Prayer at Ted Turner "Religious Summit"

by Christopher A. Ferrara

While Father Nicholas Gruner battles a threat of “excommunication” on grounds which have never been specified, the pan-religious and anything-but-Catholic “civilization of love” is being promoted vigorously by the Vatican bureaucracy.

Last summer Cardinal Francis Arinze, head of the “Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue,” went to the United Nations — that great temple of the New World Order — to participate in an “interreligious summit.” This “summit” was promoted and financed by the odious yet rather pathetic Christian-basher, Ted Turner.

Arinze claimed “it is not clear who are the people behind it [the summit], and why.” The Cardinal’s ignorance is puzzling indeed. According to Catholic World News, during the proceedings “credit for initiating the summit was given to Ted Turner, the broadcast entrepreneur.” Furthermore, as CWN notes, Ted Turner served as honorary chairman and “delivered an address that presented interreligious openness as his reaction against the ‘intolerant’ Christian ‘sect’ in which he was reared.” Besides, anyone who could read a newspaper would have known during the run-up to the event that it was Ted Turner’s baby all the way. After all, he paid for it — as he let the whole world know beforehand.

The “summit” featured representatives from all the usual “world religions” — everybody from Animists to Zoroastrians. CWN reports that the general secretary of the summit was Bawa Jain, who practices the Jain religion. The Jains don’t even believe in a creating God as such. CWN notes that “the only member of the clergy on the executive council was the Rev. James Parks Morton, former dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.” This is the same “cathedral” where an elephant was blessed during an ecological celebration.

Arinze’s own participation was hardly passive. He offered one of the prayers at the opening ceremonies and delivered a message from John Paul II. Why did a Vatican Cardinal participate in a syncretistic United Nations gathering financed by an anti-Christian crackpot like Ted Turner? Arinze could only tell CWN that “although he had unanswered questions about the summit, he knew ‘enough to know it is positive,’ and that it expressed a commendable ‘desire of people to walk together.’”

Walk together? What gave the Cardinal the impression that the mutually contradictory “religions” of the world can “walk together”? Is he not familiar with the ongoing slaughter of Christians around the world by Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists? Has he forgotten Our Lord’s own warning that “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth.”? (Luke 11:23)

Saint Pius X condemned the pan-religious movement for “peace and brotherhood” of the Sillonists in France, calling it “ a miserable affluent of the great movement of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church.” Pius XI likewise condemned and forbade any Catholic participation in “conventions, meetings and addresses . . . at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission.” Why did both of these great popes condemn pan-religious gatherings? Because, as Pius XI warned, such gatherings undermine the true Faith by lending credence to “that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule.” To embrace this false opinion leads in the end to “altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.” Yet that same false opinion now seems to be at the heart of the Vatican’s pursuit of the hopeless utopia of a “civilization of love.”

Sister Lucy spoke of a diabolical disorientation in the Church. And she used that phrase long before Cardinal Arinze showed up at the United Nations to Ted Turner’s polyglot assembly in prayer. The Vatican has come a long way from “In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted.” — a long way down. Now, as we can see in the case of Father Gruner, it seems that the only unpardonable offense in the Church today is to remind people of what Our Lady of Fatima said.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.