Socci on the Apotheosis of the Migrant in Italy
by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 10, 2018
As the human element of the Church is seemingly being transformed into what Antonio Socci has called “a social assistant to the New World Order,” Europe is suffering the brunt of the Leftist exaltation of immigrants, especially illegal Muslim immigrants, as a privileged class to which everyone must be subservient. Implicit in this operation is the planned destruction of whatever is left of Europe’s Christian identity, a plan only Hungary and Poland are resisting successfully.
Socci’s column compiles some astounding facts, both large and small, of just how bad the Left’s apotheosis of the “migrant” has become in Italy. He notes that “the Bergoglian bishop Crescenzio Sepe” has showered 500 Christmas gifts on migrant children in Naples, but none for the children of the Italian poor in his Archdiocese. Thus Befana — the female Italian version of Santa Claus — has become “the Befana of migrants.”
Meanwhile, the number of Italians living in poverty has increased from 2.3 million to 4.7 million between 2006 and 2016, and the percentage of Italian citizens employed (57.2 percent) is lower than that of non-EU citizens (57.8) as immigrants displace native-born Italians in the labor market. Quite the opposite situation obtains in Germany, where German citizens enjoy an employment rate 50% higher than that of immigrants.
Worse, the Italian welfare payment system allocates only €1.7 billion to citizens but €4.6 billion for immigrants, and the total cost to the Italian state for each illegal alien is €1050 per month versus only €190 for each Italian citizen. Italians are now having difficulty paying even the cost of heating their homes, ranking fifth among EU countries in that index of quality of life, while the standard of health care for Italians has sunk so low that from 2017-2020 it will fall “below the minimum threshold set by the World Health Organization.”
At the same time, Italians are being forced to pay for the cost of military operations in Algeria to serve “the African interests of the French,” while onerous Russian sanctions for the supposed benefit of Ukraine harm the Italian economy as Ukraine increases its imports from Russia.
In sum, Socci concludes, Italy — for the sake of immigrants and foreign interests — “has been economically and socially destroyed and reduced as if it had lost a war.” But Italy has lost a war: a war for the preservation of its identity as a Catholic country. It is the same war, now in its final stages, that the Prince of Darkness has been waging against the kingdom of the Prince of Peace since 1789 in France and 1917 in Russia, with consequences that now threaten what Our Lady of Fatima described as the “annihilation” of various nations. Ending with the execution of a Pope on a hill outside a devastated city filled with dead — very probably Rome itself — as we see in the vision of the Third Secret whose “soundtrack” (the words of the Virgin explaining the vision) we have yet to hear.
All things, in the Church as in the world, now seem to point toward a fulfillment of the Message of Fatima that will involve a dramatic imposition of the divine will on the course of history, the foolish plans and vain notions of the Church’s leadership having (for now) thwarted fulfillment of the Blessed Virgin’s simple request for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.