by Christopher A. Ferrara
Dec. 2, 2008
Reuters News has reported an amazing statement by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vaticans useless actually, worse than useless Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. During an address to some theologians in Naples, Tauran declared that Its thanks to the Muslims, that religion is being talked about widely in Europe today, because Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society.
Reread that statement carefully: Muslims were the ones not among those, not one of many groups, but the ones who demanded space for God in society. What an inadvertent commentary on the abysmal condition of the Catholic Church since the new Pentecost of the Second Vatican Council! For what Tauran is really saying by necessary implication is that the Catholic Church has utterly failed to demand space for God in society since the Council. Which, of course, is the truth.
In fact, since the Council the Church has ceased demanding anything from the powers that be. The Church Militant, utterly debilitated by the absurd project of dialogue with the world a world that despises everything the Church stands for has become the Church Timid, a body of experts in worthless palaver with heretics and secularists. The connoisseurs of dialogue who are now running the show at the Vatican no longer call upon the world to convert or perish, as Our Lord did. Nor would they even think of asserting the primacy of spiritual authority over temporal authority as the Church had always done before the Council, in the spirit of the famous letter of Pope Gelasius I to Emperor Anastasius (494): There are two powers, august Emperor, by which this world is chiefly ruled, namely, the sacred authority of the priests and the royal power. Of these that of the priests is the more weighty, since they have to render an account for even the kings of men in the divine judgment.
And notice Taurans phrase demand space for God in society. Since when do Vatican churchmen request only an allocated space for God in civil society, as opposed to the permeation of all society, its laws and institutions, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Answer: Since the Church de facto abandoned the Magisteriums perennial teaching on the Social Kingship of Christ.
Consider also precisely what would occupy the space for God that Muslims are demanding: mosques, Muslim worship and Muslim law, of course, precisely as we are seeing in England, where even Sharia courts have been established alongside the existing judicial system.
The Muslims are certainly not interested in creating social space for Jesus Christ and His Church. And neither, apparently, is the Cardinal. Quite the contrary, during the same address at Naples the Cardinal declared that [t]here is no civilisation that is religiously pure, and that according to the program of interreligious dialogue his specialty Every religion has its own identity, but I agree to consider that God is at work in all, in the souls of those who search for Him sincerely Interreligious dialogue rallies all who are on the path to God or to the Absolute.
So, God is at work in all religions, and all religions are on the path to God or to the Absolute whatever that means. Consequently, according to this way of thinking, the only thing people like Tauran consider desirable in the Age of Dialogue is space for God the God your choice in society.
The Cardinals remarks are, finally, an inadvertent admission that the Church of the new springtime of Vatican II is in a state of apostasy. Consider his linkage of the emergence of Muslims as a significant minority to their ability to demand space for God in society. Have believing Catholics, then, ceased to be even a significant minority in Europe? What else can one conclude from the Cardinals remark, given that nominal Catholics comprise the overwhelming majority of Europes population?
Indeed, not long before he died John Paul II himself publicly lamented Europes silent apostasy. What a pity the late Pope failed to link that apostasy to the Churchs virtual abandonment of her mission for the sake of interreligious dialogue. An abandonment whose consequences are so disastrous that a Vatican prelate like Tauran is reduced to thanking the Muslims for demanding space for God the god of Mohammed in what was once Christian Europe.
But who will demand space for Jesus Christ, Lord of History and King of the Universe? Absolutely no one at the Vatican, it seems. And that is why the apocalyptic crisis in the Church continues.