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VATICAN, December 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his traditional Christmas greeting to Vatican officials this morning, the Pope drew a link between the times of the fall of the Roman Empire and our own times, arguing that “the future of the world is at stake.”

Read the pope’s complete talk here.

Describing the decline of the Roman Empire he said, “The disintegration of the key principles of law and of the fundamental moral attitudes underpinning them burst open the dams which until that time had protected peaceful coexistence among peoples.

“The sun was setting over an entire world,” he continued. “Frequent natural disasters further increased this sense of insecurity. There was no power in sight that could put a stop to this decline.“

Comparing those times to our own he said: “For all its new hopes and possibilities, our world is at the same time troubled by the sense that moral consensus is collapsing, consensus without which juridical and political structures cannot function. Consequently the forces mobilized for the defense of such structures seem doomed to failure.”

The pope tied the priestly sexual abuse crisis, which he referred to as “the great tribulations to which we have been exposed during the past year,” into the overall theme of the talk.

He began by pointing out that the past year had been designated the “Year of the Priests.” “We were all the more dismayed, then, when in this year of all years and to a degree we could not have imagined, we came to know of abuse of minors committed by priests who twist the sacrament into its antithesis, and under the mantle of the sacred profoundly wound human persons in their childhood, damaging them for a whole lifetime,’” he said.

While he spoke of the need for the Church to reflect upon its own inner workings to determine how such a thing could have happened, he also pointed to the moral disintegration of society as a contributing cause. We cannot, he said, “remain silent regarding the context of these times in which these events have come to light.”

In this context the Pope noted child pornography, sex trafficking and drug abuse, saying that, “No pleasure is ever enough, and the excess of deceiving intoxication becomes a violence that tears whole regions apart – and all this in the name of a fatal misunderstanding of freedom which actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it.”

The Pope stated that in order to resist these evils it is necessary to resist relativism, and the warping of the idea of the conscience:

    In order to resist these forces, we must turn our attention to their ideological foundations. In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with children. This, however, was part of a fundamental perversion of the concept of ethos. It was maintained – even within the realm of Catholic theology – that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a “better than” and a “worse than”. Nothing is good or bad in itself. Everything depends on the circumstances and on the end in view. Anything can be good or also bad, depending upon purposes and circumstances. Morality is replaced by a calculus of consequences, and in the process it ceases to exist. The effects of such theories are evident today.

He also called on political leaders to “put a stop to Christianophobia,” and noted that “healing can only come from deep faith in God’s reconciling love.”

In the final analysis, he suggested that “only if there is …  a consensus on the essentials can constitutions and law function.”  The Pope explained that the public agreement on essential truths which is “derived from the Christian heritage” is at risk from an approach where morality is ignored in the pursuit of certain goals.

He concluded: “To resist this eclipse of reason and to preserve its capacity for seeing the essential, for seeing God and man, for seeing what is good and what is true, is the common interest that must unite all people of good will. The very future of the world is at stake.”
"A voice crying in the wilderness", I fear. Pray
(12-21-2010, 12:59 AM)Sinner Wrote: [ -> ]"A voice crying in the wilderness", I fear. Pray

Yes, but also a case of trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted.  So many of the pre-Vatican II Popes were trying to warn ‘the future of the world is at stake’ (more or less) but unfortunately, poor Pope Benedict helped ditch all the teachings of those Popes with Vatican II & the new teachings, and doesn't see how trashing the Social Kingship of Christ has hastened this disaster.  And still doesn't see it.  Still visits synagogues, etc... 
Kyrie Eleison.  Pray
(12-21-2010, 12:50 AM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]He also called on political leaders to “put a stop to Christianophobia,”

Like, ohhhhh, I don't know...THIS? http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2...stmas.html

Not that that idiotstick in a 'political leader', but anyways.
(12-21-2010, 11:29 AM)Beatissima Mariae Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-21-2010, 12:50 AM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]He also called on political leaders to “put a stop to Christianophobia,”

Like, ohhhhh, I don't know...THIS? http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2...stmas.html

Not that that idiotstick in a 'political leader', but anyways.

I think she was just trying to be sensitive.  We have a multicultural society now and not everyone is Christian.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

Within a couple generations or maybe even less there will be large numbers of Christian martyrs in western nations.  I fear for my children.
(12-21-2010, 09:00 AM)FHM310 Wrote: [ -> ]Yes, but also a case of trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted.  So many of the pre-Vatican II Popes were trying to warn ‘the future of the world is at stake’ (more or less) but unfortunately, poor Pope Benedict helped ditch all the teachings of those Popes with Vatican II & the new teachings, and doesn't see how trashing the Social Kingship of Christ has hastened this disaster.  And still doesn't see it.  Still visits synagogues, etc... 
Kyrie Eleison.   Pray

Please post documentation of Benedict (as pope, cardinal, or father) personally speaking or acting against the Social Kingship of Christ.  I'm not insinuating he never did; of course I understand the attitude of the council in relation to the state and the Church.

I also think he should not be visiting synagogues in the way he does.

However, the orthodox Jewish community is actually on the same side of us when it comes to the secularization of culture and the defiling of the natural law.  I know that is part of the reason for the commonality stressed - there is common ground.

If Jews and Protestants oppose the homosexualist agenda and abortion should we stand together on our common ground or insist on complete separation?
(12-21-2010, 12:31 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]Within a couple generations or maybe even less there will be large numbers of Christian martyrs in western nations.  I fear for my children.

I'm not sure we're going to have a lot of true martyrs.  It doesn't seem like anyone's really strong enough in their faith nowadays to stand up to a life-threatening onslaught.  Most would cave, I think, at the moment of deciding between Our Lord and themselves.  In some ways, most have caved in already, given the majority readily accept the post-VII orientation.  It seems to me that most don't really know Our Lord well enough to want to suffer what He suffered, much less die for Him, IMHO.
(12-21-2010, 12:52 PM)verenaerin Wrote:
(12-21-2010, 12:46 PM)Flumen Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-21-2010, 12:31 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]Within a couple generations or maybe even less there will be large numbers of Christian martyrs in western nations.  I fear for my children.

I'm not sure we're going to have a lot of true martyrs.  It doesn't seem like anyone's really strong enough in their faith nowadays to stand up to a life-threatening onslaught.  Most would cave, I think, at the moment of deciding between Our Lord and themselves.  In some ways, most have caved in already, given the majority readily accept the post-VII orientation.  It seems to me that most don't really know Our Lord well enough to want to suffer what He suffered, much less die for Him, IMHO.

My kids will, I prepare them everyday.

Amen.  And so would all of us, right?  It still might come to that in my lifetime.
(12-21-2010, 12:57 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-21-2010, 12:52 PM)verenaerin Wrote:
(12-21-2010, 12:46 PM)Flumen Wrote: [ -> ]
(12-21-2010, 12:31 PM)A Catholic Thinker Wrote: [ -> ]Within a couple generations or maybe even less there will be large numbers of Christian martyrs in western nations.  I fear for my children.

I'm not sure we're going to have a lot of true martyrs.  It doesn't seem like anyone's really strong enough in their faith nowadays to stand up to a life-threatening onslaught.  Most would cave, I think, at the moment of deciding between Our Lord and themselves.  In some ways, most have caved in already, given the majority readily accept the post-VII orientation.  It seems to me that most don't really know Our Lord well enough to want to suffer what He suffered, much less die for Him, IMHO.

My kids will, I prepare them everyday.

Amen.  And so would all of us, right?  It still might come to that in my lifetime.

Good.  I hope we're strong enough to choose Our Lord.  I'm trying to prepare my wife, kids, and myself, as well.  It comes down to prayer, reading about the saints, and meditation on Our Lord's life, passion, and death through the Rosary and Stations of the Cross.  I pray Heaven receives a surge of new citizens.
And just think how jolly the world would be right now had Russia been consecrated.
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