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UN Spreads Plague

by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 18, 2012

As the BBC and other major news outlets are reporting, there is now overwhelming evidence that UN “peacekeepers” brought cholera to Haiti during their recent mission there. The result, notes BBC, is “an epidemic which has killed almost 7,000 people.” Cholera was unknown in Haiti before the UN mission, which (says BBC) “failed to screen peacekeepers for cholera and allowed untreated waste from a UN base to be dumped into the main river.” And now “almost 500,000 people — some 5% of the population — have been infected by cholera since the outbreak began in October 2010, according to the Haitian Ministry of Health.”

This development brings to mind Pius XI's landmark encyclical Ubi Arcano Dei (1922), promulgated between the two world wars Our Lady of Fatima told the visionaries were a divine chastisement for the sins of men. The theme of the encyclical is the utter futility of merely human approaches, mere human leagues of nations, when it comes to achieving true peace in the world. That true peace, of course, is attainable only under the social reign of the Prince of Peace. Wrote Pius: “No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.”

“Contemporary man” howls with liberal outrage over the very idea that the only institution capable of securing true peace in the world is none other than the Holy Catholic Church. As Pius declared with the kind of forthrightness that mysteriously disappeared from papal pronouncements after Vatican II: “There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ.”

Even more “outrageous” to the modern mind is that only the Catholic Church is capable of the immense task of securing world peace: “She alone,” wrote Pius, “is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige.... cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.”

And that, dear reader, is the essence of the Message of Fatima, with its call for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart Mary, a miraculous transformation of so-called modernity that will be signified precisely by submission anew to the authority of the Church that Her divine Son commissioned to make disciples of all nation — first in Russia, and then in the rest of a world in revolt against God and His law.

The plague spread by UN “peacekeepers” is a bitterly ironic commentary on the state of man's feeble attempts to create a merely human peace by merely human means. But this is the age in which we live: the age in which rebellious nations have “emancipated” themselves from the divinely instituted Church that once united all men in a league of nations wherein — for all its human imperfections — the total wars and unprecedented moral depravity of our time were utterly unthinkable. And this final stage in the descent of man from Christendom to apostasy is why the Mother of God came to Fatima. Only She can save us from the abyss that post-Christian man has prepared for the world.