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Moving Toward the One World Religion

by Christopher A. Ferrara

In his apostolic letter Notre Charge Apostolique, Pope St. Pius X condemned the French Sillonist movement as a "miserable affluent of apostasy being organized in every country for the establishment of a One-World Church." Saint Pius X was referring to a social movement in which all the different "religions," without distinction, would join together with the Catholic Church in a utopian effort to build a just civilization of pan-religious brotherhood.

Such a notion is contrary to the Catholic Faith because it implicitly denies that there is only one true religion, and thus only one religious basis for a just civilization. As St. Pius X declared:

"[S]ociety cannot be built up unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City."

Acceptance of the notion that there can be a just civilization based on pan-religious brotherhood, without conversion to Christ, leads to the acceptance of another notion condemned by Blessed Pope Pius IX in his encyclical Mortalium animos - the notion "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."

Blessed Pius IX condemned this error because it tends to result in abandonment of the one true religion: "Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion."

For the past forty years, however, the teaching of St. Pius X and Blessed Pius IX has been abandoned in favor of something called "the civilization of love" - a pan-religious utopia no different than that condemned as a dangerous delusion in Notre Charge Apostolique. The greatest manifestation of this utopian notion is, of course, the world days of "prayer for peace" at Assisi.

And sure enough, the impression is arising in the Church that one should consider "all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy," which impression is leading, at least de facto, to that very "one world religion" condemned by St. Pius X.

Witness a report by Zenit.org (October 16, 2002) that "the monastic community of Bose has published the ‘2003 Ecumenical Calendar’ to help believers of various faiths know one another better. The daily feasts of each confession appear in different columns on the calendar.

It is not as if this "religious calendar" is limited to the various denominations which call themselves Christian, which would be bad enough. No, "the calendar also includes Buddhist and Muslim feasts." Christian, non-Christian, what’s the difference? They are all religions, and all religions are good - good enough to be included in the new pan-religious calendar put out by the Bose community.

But what exactly is this "Bose community"? According to Zenit, Bose "is a monastic community of men and women of various Christian denominations. In recent years, it has become a focal point of ecumenical dialogue between Christians, especially Orthodox and Catholics." The calendar was published by Enzo Bianchi, Catholic monk in the "Bose community."

The publication of a pan-religious calendar by a "community" of Catholic and non-Catholic monks is but one of innumerable signs of the "diabolical disorientation" of the Church remarked by Sister Lucy. Precisely as Pius IX warned, those who embrace the notion that all religions are more or less good and praiseworthy are "distorting the idea of true religion" and "little by little turning aside to naturalism and atheism." The results speak for themselves. One need only look at the condition of the Catholic Church today.