Contributor Francesca Romana translates and sends us this text by Paolo Deotto, of Riscossa Cristiana.
The recent developments in the Italian political situation bring to light great confusion and general disorientation. The excessive emphasis on economic problems, even if important, could cause us to lose sight of the great dangers impending over our nation, which, given the disconcerting international panorama, still manages to maintain considerable fidelity to its Christian roots. The European Union, established for economic purposes, has, over the years, become clearly anti-Catholic, which in diverse nations has translated into legislation that distorts the foundations of the family and of society, legalizing behaviours absolutely incompatible with Catholic morality and foreboding only disaster.Abortion, euthanasia, artificial insemination, homosexual unions have all been raised to the rank of “rights” whereas they are expressions of that “culture of death” so often denounced by Blessed John Paul II.
And it is not possible to forget the numerous direct attacks on the Faith, carried out with removals, attempted, or even with success, of Crucifixes, abolition of the word ”Christmas” (Feast of Winter Lights, established by an English municipal last year), sanctions against people who wear symbols of the Faith passed off with the hypocritical “respect for other religions”, but it translates, in fact, in attacking only the Catholic Faith, in defending sexual perversions, in distorting the real meaning of the word “liberty” which is turned into unbridled licence, resulting in the serious degradation of human dignity.
This Europe born of “trusts of banks and vast capitals”, unveils itself more and more as the political workshop of Freemasonry, which can achieve its ends which are always perverse and ferociously anti-religious.
How is it possible that good can be derived from such an environment, and from dependence on it? In what way will this greatly exalted economic “salvation” proceed?And even if we are saved economically, which is more than legitimate to doubt, the cost will be the final homologation of the politics of death, which have already corrupted other European countries of great Catholic tradition.
It is unthinkable that an ephemeral “economic salvation” can possibly be more important than the most precious and fundamental good - fidelity to Our Lord and the salvation of our souls.Eminence, Italian Catholics do not have an identifiable and precise political guide. A political party that will accept them does not exist. A leader does not exist. Therefore they risk being lead astray by The Pied Piper, sustained by the deafening chorus of the mass-media.
But Catholics have Holy Church and Her pastors as a guide. In this dramatic moment, we would like to ask you as President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, to intervene with strong and clear words and with precise indications to the Catholic population, which will permit them to face these serious circumstances with the priorities that they have to respect well-defined.
It is no longer time for generic appeals, even if they are valid in the exercise of moral virtues. With increasing relativism, a general and generic appeal to virtue and morality can be twisted in a thousand ways. Now, for the good of souls and for the good of our Country, we ask you Eminence, with profound filial respect, for unambiguous and clear indications. We ask the President of the Episcopal Conference and our Bishops to express themselves on the concrete political facts, on the politicians and their parties. With names and surnames.
It will not be “interference” in politics. Politics must guide our everyday social life and it is no longer acceptable, with the thousands of threats against life, that the Pastors of the Church close themselves in a respectful silence. The war against the Catholic religion has been on course for some time, and in these disturbing days, the enemy is trying to win over the last positions that are missing for him, after a long march which has been favoured by the political evasion of many Catholics.
Italy is a great Catholic nation and the Italian people cannot remain crushed in a wicked culture of death, in the oblivion of the Faith, in the destruction of their Traditions and fidelity to Christ and His Church.
Eminence, Italian Catholics will be ready to follow their Pastors, but from these Pastors they must receive words of great clarity to guide them.
It is this that we beseech you, with filial devotion and respect. You are in my prayers to the only true Saviour.
Paolo DeottoDirector of Riscossa Cristiana - Catholic website of Culture and Current Affairs