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End-Stage Ecumenism Is Upon Us

by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 29, 2018

Pius XI wisely forbade any Catholic participation in the Protestant-born “ecumenical movement” that emerged in the 1920s because he could see clearly where it would lead: to the de facto abandonment of the one true religion in favor of a pan-denominational feel-goodism “by which the foundations of the Catholic faith are completely destroyed.” For the sake of “ecumenism” the errors of the Protestant sects would be overlooked and the divine imperative of adherence to revealed truth would be sacrificed on the ecumenical altar. The truth that makes us free would no longer matter, and a specific indifferentism would obliterate in practice all vital distinctions between Catholicism and the man-made teachings of humanly founded sects.

We have now reached that end stage of ecumenism, some fifty years after the human element of the Church committed the epochal folly of embracing the very thing Pius XI had condemned. If this sounds melodramatic, consider these words of Pope Francis to a motley assembly of Anglicans, Methodists, Evangelicals and Orthodox during an “ecumenical” vespers service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls:

“Even when differences separate us, we recognize that we belong to the people of the redeemed, to the same family of brothers and sisters loved by the only Father….

“All of us Christians have passed through the waters of Baptism, and the grace of the Sacrament has destroyed our enemies, sin and death…. Emerging from the waters of Baptism we have reached the liberty of children [of God]; we emerge as a people, as a community of saved brothers and sisters, as ‘citizens with the saints and members of the household of God’ (Eph. 2,19)….

“We share in the fundamental experience: the grace of God, his powerful mercy in saving us. And precisely because he had this victory in us, together we can sing its praise.”

“When we state that we recognize the baptism of Christians from other traditions, we confess that they have also received the forgiveness of the Lord and his grace that works though them. And we welcome their profession as an authentic expression of praise for God’s work….”

Translation: Everyone who considers himself a Christian by reason of a valid baptism is part of the same community of the saved. All the baptized belong equally to the household of God, regardless of what errors they profess or sins they condone as consistent with their version of the Gospel — including contraception, abortion, sodomy. The moral and theological truths that Christ revealed and the Catholic Church has handed down intact for 2,000 years do not matter for salvation; they are merely “differences” without eternal import. All that matters for salvation is the bare fact of baptism, which is reduced to a kind of irrevocable ticket to Heaven.

Putting aside the question of the invincibly ignorant, whose fate is known to God alone (cf. Pius IX, Singulari Quadam [1854]), it is an outrage to suggest that those who knowingly oppose the teachings of the Church on numerous doctrines and dogmas — declaring that her teaching is false, denying her divine institution, and even rejecting the absolutely binding, exceptionless character of the negative precepts of the natural law forbidding adultery, contraception, abortion and sodomy — “belong to the people of the redeemed, to the same family of brothers and sisters.”  This is a horrendous lie by which these souls, thus confirmed in their manifold errors, are being encouraged to march toward their own destruction.  And if such people are now to be considered to “belong to the people of the redeemed, to the same family of brothers and sisters,” then the defined dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church is de facto negated by the very occupant of the Chair Peter — surely an apocalyptic development

Here we see precisely why, only a few years before a disastrous capitulation to the spirit of the age at Vatican II, Pius XI had thundered from the Chair of Peter that the Church has always “altogether forbade any intercourse with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt version of Christ’s teaching” and that “it were foolish and out of place to say that the mystical body is made up of members which are disunited and scattered abroad: whosoever therefore is not united with the body is no member of it, neither is he in communion with Christ its head.” 

As Saint John warned the faithful at the very beginning of the Church’s saving mission: “If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you. For he that saith unto him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works” (2 Jn 10). But it is precisely that revealed truth, that divine admonition, which the human element of the Church has rejected in the midst of what is surely the worst crisis in her history, as even the Pope (following, one must say, the example of John Paul II) welcomes into the house and says “God speed you” to sectarians who profess one damnable falsehood after another and with whose wicked works post-Vatican II churchmen now communicate with abandon.

Can the resolution of this crisis now involve anything but an apocalyptic turn of events? Only God knows, although even mere human prudence would suggest the answer. This insanity cannot go on much longer, nor is there any conceivable cure for it, humanly speaking.  Too much of the leadership of the “post-conciliar Church” now seems to consist of blind guides intent on leading the faithful into a ditch. Only God can stop them. And only Mary, the Mediatrix of all Graces, can obtain for us the favor of that singular divine intervention, surely foretold in the Message of Fatima with its call for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.