The fear of losing one’s life due to the pandemic and forced isolation to avoid contagions could have been two great opportunities for our beloved Church to make us reflect on the value and meaning of life and the value of freedom. That is a primary task of the Church, as the first Encyclical of this pontificate, Lumen Fidei, clearly indicates. Indeed, the Church should imitate Christ: “I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth” (Lk 22:27).
By doing it perhaps so discreetly, and with such “human respect” that few have noticed, our Church has missed an excellent opportunity to comfort those in need spiritually. It also risks losing credibility in her supernatural mission. During this period, the Moral Authority appears willing to display a lukewarm “moral neutrality.” Missing is a heroic and robust proposal to allay spiritual suffering by reaffirming the Truth in every way and occasion. Absent is a heroic desire to take this opportunity to effectively propose a quest for personal conversion and a passion for God. Ditto an excellent, appropriate, and valiant effort to try to explain in these circumstances, what is morally true or false, right or wrong, good or bad.
What we have seen, on the other hand, when trying to explain the causes of the pandemic, are attempts to trivialize science and reason. Indeed, because of our lack of diligence or prejudice, we failed to properly grasp the spiritual guidelines to benefit from these moments of fear and isolation. Instead, we have heard wishes for a mysterious human “brotherhood” (without references to God to justify it) and calls for an undefined interreligious dialogue, with vague allusions to a single God for all religions, accompanied by an equally ambiguous universal prayer.
But pay attention! These are founding concepts of religious syncretism between previously irreconcilable faiths, aimed at forms of religious unity beyond the dogmas of faith. They come with announced proposals for a “new humanism.” Is the latter new because the ancient Christian humanism founded on the human nature made of soul, body, intellect, wounded by original sin, and redeemed by God incarnate is now deemed obsolete? How can you think of humanizing someone or something if you do not first recognize who the Creator of humanity is?
Yet, we need to understand an even more mysterious development. If the Church now presents and proposes herself as an institution operating in the social sphere and gives the impression in the real world that the Holy Mass is only an “assembly” rather than a “divine holy sacrifice,” the Mass must be regulated by government guidelines on public meetings.
Why complain about it then? These are the reasons why we fear that the most significant post-Covid change may concern the Moral Authority. Indeed, the Moral Authority risks being disintermediated not only by pragmatic religions but also by philanthropism. Philanthropism (or charity without Truth) is precisely the would-be lay competitor of Christian charity. Thanks to this current’s enticements and influence, the Moral Authority risks converting itself into the standard-bearer of the new universal religion, environmentalism, destined to unite all cultures in a single universal value.
The Church seems to have prophesied the post-Covid situation by recognizing in advance a dominant role for the State, seeking geopolitical support outside the traditional western powers, nodding to imaginary mergers between religions (as if they were businesses), and allowing the obstacles to this transformation (dogmas, family, sovereignty, tradition, etc.) to be debased.
Until some time ago, the Church did not have to deal with economics, science, and politics, but to limit herself to worry only about people’s consciences. Today the Church is forced to deal with economics, science, politics, but not with souls, and she seems to have accepted it. Its resulting disintermediation is inevitable.
In this situation, the Church should strive to propose and explain “the transcendent mystery” of what has happened and will happen, rather than offer illusory solutions that ignore Christ. Today the Church must rekindle and give hope to all. She can do it through dialogue, but dialogue meant to find Christ and to evangelize, for today, people are hungry and thirsty above all for God. The real solution lies in finding God. Only in this way “all will be well” in this world and the next.
Source: La Verità
Translated by the staff of Fatima Today.
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