Satanists in Oklahoma are trying to get funding and approval to setup a Satanic shrine next to the 10 Commandments in Oklahoma City.
As many of you may know, one of the primary points of contention of the SSPX and the Second Vatican Council is the document Dignitatis Humanae (Declaration on Religious Freedom).
The position of the SSPX is that the Church has never in her history espoused unrestricted religious freedom. In other words, the Church - prior to 1965 - never accepted both private and public rights to practice any religion or no religion at all.
On the contrary, she always taught that the Catholic faith, because it is the ONE true faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, ought to have primacy of place in society. Some other faiths were tolerated in private (not public), while others (such as satanism, witchcraft, occult) were subject to imprisonment and even execution.
The preferred/optimal situation is a joint Church and State (where the official State religion is Catholicism, and the State works actively with the Church to ensure all issues, especially social ones, are in conformity with authentic Christian morality). Type of government (monarchy, democracy, etc.) are not as important, as long as those making laws do it based on the Divine Law and Will.
In situations where Catholics would be persecuted, discriminated against or even killed, the Church tolerated (but did not praise or espouse) universal religious freedom. In other words, the United States.
Finally, in situations where said persecution and killings would take place (such as Communism), the Church loudly and vocally condemned this. Well, at least until 1958 she did...until Pope John XXIII struck a deal with the Soviets NOT to condemn Communism at the Council in exchange for allowing SOME of those bishops to come to Rome.
Even though 2.5 million Catholics, 12,800 priests/monks, and 55 bishops were killed by the Soviets.
And another 10 million imprisoned and 16,000 priests were forced to resign and 32,000 Catholic Churches closed.
The best understanding of true religious liberty was summed up by Pope Leo XIII:
Pope Leo XIII, Libertas Praestantissumum, 1888, #30Another liberty is widely advocated, namely, liberty of conscience. If by this is meant that everyone may, as he chooses, worship God or not, it is sufficiently refuted by the arguments already adduced. But it may also be taken to mean that every man in the State may follow the will of God (good) and, from a consciousness of duty and free from every obstacle, obey His commands. This, indeed, is true liberty, a liberty worthy of the sons of God...the kind of liberty the Apostles claimed for themselves with intrepid constancy...which the martyrs in vast numbers consecrated by their blood.
On the other hand, Pope John Paul II summed up the teaching of Vatican II when he said the following:
Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 1990 #8...the Second Vatican Council replies to those concerned with safeguarding freedom of conscience: "The human person has a right to religious freedom.... All should have such immunity from coercion by individuals, or by groups, or by any human power, that no one should be forced to act against his conscience in religious matters, nor prevented from acting according to his conscience, whether in private or in public, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits."
So above we see a few things:
- That man has a right to religious freedom whether in public or private (contradicts Leo and the 1900 year history of the Church).
- That man has a freedom to conscience and cannot be forced to act against his conscience.
The latter directly contradicts Pope Benedict XIV as per below:
A Quo Primum - On the Faith in Poland & Jewish Relations - Pope Benedict XIV (1751)We also recall the many successful councils and synods which gloriously defeated the Lutherans who tried tenaciously, using a variety of methods, to establish a foothold and welcome in this kingdom. At that time indeed the great council of Piotrkow met under Our great predecessor and fellow citizen Gregory XIII, with prelate Lippomano, bishop of Verona and Apostolic nuncio, as its president. To the great glory of God it prohibited the principle of freedom of conscience; adherents of this principle were seeking to introduce and establish it in Poland. Another threat to Christians has been the influence of Jewish faithlessness; this influence was strong because Christians and Jews were living in the same cities and towns.
Again, in the same tree of the false god of liberty is found a branch called "conscience rights."
So, based on what Pope John Paul II said, these Satanists in Oklahoma should have EVERY RIGHT to put up their pentagram monument to the Dark Lord...whether in private or in public.
And in fact, based on the same encyclical, he may contend that the Christians need to take down the 10 Commandments based on the fact that Satanists, Atheists and others claim it fails to respect their consciences:
Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 1990 #8Proclaiming Christ and bearing witness to him, when done in a way that respects consciences, does not violate freedom.
This is indeed why the Assisi convention took place, and it is why the Buddhists were allowed to put their idol on top of the Tabernacle of the Blessed Sacrament.
We must respect others' consciences, right?
Pope Paul VI, Nostra Aetate (Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions), 1965, #1-2In her task of promoting unity and love among men, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what men have in common and what draws them to fellowship...in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Again, Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination...She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men.So apparently the Catholic Church, at least for the last 50 years, now "regards with sincere reverence" the ways of Buddhism and Hinduism, faiths which can indeed help attain a "supreme illumination" even though they differ from Catholicism.
If this isn't the religious indifferentism which Pius IX - Pius XII warned about, I don't know what is!
A few other things just to point out about the quote above from Pope Benedict XIV (not to be confused with XVI).
1.) Defeating Lutherans
2.) Jewish faithlessness
1.) As pointed out a few other times in the past, the Church plans to CELEBRATE the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the life of Martin Luther in 2017 (on October 31).
No longer do we combat or defeat Lutheranism as a false sect and a perversion of the religion of God through the pride of a deviant...we celebrate it.
2.) The Church always taught that the Jews were faithless, not our "elder brothers in the faith" as the Popes of the last 5 decades try to tell us.
So where Benedict XIV said they were faithless and dangerous to the faith (having no faith in Christ), Benedict XVI had the Good Friday Prayer amended so that the Church now prays they will "grow in faithfulness to His covenant."
Here is the Traditional prayer:
Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that Almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts 2 Corinthians 3:13-16; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord. Almighty and eternal God, who dost not exclude from thy mercy even Jewish faithlessness: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people; that acknowledging the light of thy Truth, which is Christ, they may be delivered from their darkness. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Here is the new prayer:
Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant. Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your Church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
This was all a bit of an extension of the tile about Satanists, but this is indeed all a fruit of the same tree now being traced to its logical conclusion: rights for atheists, rights for satanists, rights for everyone to do whatever he or she wishes as long as it isn't illegal in the State's eyes. And when the Lawmakers (State) are divorced from the Lawgiver (God and His Church), "duty and conscience [will] cease to appeal to them, there will be nothing to hold them back but force, which of itself alone is powerless to keep their covetousness in check." (Pope Leo XIII, Libertas, #16)
One final note on the proposal that Hinduism and Buddhism are worthy of "sincere reverence" and that their adherents are genuine truthseekers and "men of good will."
1 Cor. 10:20But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils.
Psalms 95:5For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens.
John 14:6, Matthew 7:7, John 8:32, Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. ..Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you...you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The Catholic Church does NOT promote unrestricted religious freedom, no matter if a priest, bishop or even the Pope says she does.
This is rather the agenda and belief of freemasonry, and it has already been sufficiently condemned:
Pope Leo XIII, Custodi di Quella Fede, 1892, #5[The masons] proclaim freedom of religion and reserve odious intolerance and vexations precisely for the religion of the Italians...encourage schisms, apostasies, and revolts against legitimate superiors in the Church.
Pope Leo XIII, Custodi di Quella Fede, 1892, #15Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God.
Pope Pius IX, The Syllabus of Errors, 1864, #15Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true - CONDEMNED
O Mary, conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee
and for all those who do not have recourse to thee,
especially the Freemasons,
and for all others entrusted to thy care.
(Prayer of the Militia Immaculatae)