A Tale of Two Countries
In Poland: A million pray the Rosary for a new victory over Islam
In the Vatican: A call for the Church to join "the cultural revolution"
by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 10, 2017
This is what Catholics look like
Brietbart News, along with much of the secular press, including even the New York Times, has taken note of a massive public event that holds great promise for the restoration of sanity in a post-Christian West intent on hurling itself irretrievably into an abyss of depravity. On October 7, some one million Poles participated in a Rosary rally at the Polish border to commemorate the victory over Islam at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571 (the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in honor of Our Lady’s intercession to obtain that miraculous victory) as well as the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
From the Vatican, however, only silence. As of this writing, not one word about this historic event has appeared on the Vatican website or in L’Osservatore Romano. But the Vatican’s resounding silence in the face of this inspiring manifestation of Catholic action is easy to explain in light of the Third Secret of Fatima: the Vatican is not interested in Catholic action because it is embroiled in the apostasy “that begins at the top,” to quote Cardinal Ciappi, the personal theologian to Pope John Paul II. These days, it seems, the Vatican is not much interested in Catholicism at all as opposed to a list of political agenda items that have nothing to do with the divine commission to make disciples of all nations.
Thus, the current Vatican apparatus would hardly be interested in the Catholic sentiment expressed by the Archbishop of Krakow, Marek Jedraszewski, who, as Brietbart reports, “called on Catholics to pray ‘for the other European nations to make them understand it is necessary to return to Christian roots so that Europe would remain Europe.’” Quite the contrary, the Vatican is taking the lead in cheering on the relentless Islamicization of Europe. On September 22, for example, Pope Francis belittled legitimate, indeed wholly rational, opposition to the growing floodtide of Muslim “refugees” pouring into Western Europe — overwhelmingly military-age males — as merely “intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that are seen in different regions of Europe… motivated by distrust and fear of the other, the different, the stranger.” That’s quite a grave moral condemnation to level en bloc against millions of Christians — coming, ironically enough, from a Pope who consistently condemns the “judgmentalism” of others.
Meanwhile at the Vatican, during a conference of the “renewed” (read: ruined) Pontifical Academy for Life, two days before the Rosary rally in Poland, Pope Francis declared:
“There is a real cultural revolution on the horizon of history at this time. The Church must, first and foremost, be part of it. In this perspective, it is essential to honestly recognize her weaknesses and shortcomings. Forms of subordination that have sadly characterized women’s history should definitely be abandoned. A new beginning must be written in the ethos of the peoples, and this can be done by a renewed culture of identity and difference.”
Join the “cultural revolution.” Apologize for the Church’s inadequacy. End the “subordination of women” (whatever that means). Create a “culture of identity and difference” (whatever that means). This is the message the Vatican has for the world at the same time a million Poles pray to the Blessed Virgin for the protection of their country from a resurgent Islam and the secular tyranny of the EU.
The signs multiply daily: The human element of the Church has been thoroughly invaded by an alien power, as Paul VI was forced to admit even in the immediate aftermath of Vatican II:
“By some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God: there is doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest. Doubt has entered our consciences, and it has entered through the windows which were meant to have been opened to the light. This state of uncertainty reigns even in the Church. It was hoped that after the Council there would be a day of sunlight in the history of the Church. Instead, there came a day of clouds, of darkness, of groping, of uncertainty. How did this happen? We will confide Our thoughts to you: there has been interference from an adverse power: his name is the devil...” (Insegnamenti, Ed. Vaticana, Vol. X, 1972, p. 707.)
Fear not, however. Through the inevitable Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary — if not by this Pope then by a successor — Our Lady will obtain a victory even greater than that at Lepanto, as Antonio Socci has observed. It will be, says he: “a radical and extraordinary change in the world, an overthrow of the mentality dominating modernity, probably following dramatic events for humanity.” An overthrow, that is, of the mentality of the Father of Lies, of the serpent whose head Our Lady has already crushed (cf. Gen. 3:15), as Sister Lucia reminded the late Cardinal Caffarra when she warned him of “the final battle” we are now witnessing.