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The true Catholic Fire
and the Masonic flame of the Olympic Games

The Olympic Fire and the Fire of Jesus Christ

by Father Nicola Bux and Father Salvatore Vitiello

The human longing for brotherhood has taken another hard blow: not even the Olympic Torch is above protest. Yet, if it is to be a symbol of something which can be achieved, at least there where the Olympic Games are held, and not a utopia, it should not be contradicted; but that fire has been extinguished many times.

The Masonic plan to revive the flame of the gods of Olympus in order to attain the unification of humanity and install universal peace - a poorly disguised imitation of catholic Christianity -, reveals its inconsistency. Like all those statements about values which never indicate the roots from which those values come.
The ancient Greeks saw fire as a symbol of the deity, a power jealously guarded in the heavens, while man was left on earth in the cold. Prometheus tries to steal it but is chained to a rock where his regenerating liver is eaten daily by a vulture; a metaphor of the ever present human longing to have God on earth. So the Olympic Games in the ancient times were an emulation of man's “recurrent struggle” to steal something from the gods. Jacob struggled with Gabriel “strength of God”: and he won at the price of a dislocation, which he never forgot (cfr Gen 32,33), the limit of the demand to see God. But Jesus came and He showed us God, announcing in Perea, where many Greeks lived: “I have come to bring fire on earth; and how I wish it were blazing already!” (Lk 12,49); but He the new Prometheus, subjected himself to the humility of the Cross.

For a Christian, the Fire of [ancient] Olympia is a premonition of something, the impatience for the new world, which grows only with patience, the patience of God, who endures the cross and renounces all triumphalism. Instead,
those who invented the modern Olympic Games thought perhaps: “we now do things, we have found our way, and on this path we will find the new world” (Benedict XVI, addressing the clergy of the dioceses of Belluno-Feltre-Treviso, 24 July 2007). This temptation must be resisted by the Church of Christ which must remain humble and therefore great and filled with great joy. Humanity of heart grows with humility not with spectacular deeds, which instead produce passion and pride. This is the true hope of the world.

Sport is not our deity. The Church, as a communion of brothers and sisters, is reborn and grows day by day: this is a real contribution to the development of society and the world. Only if we draw, with a humble and confident heart, from the fire of God's love, can we kindle the fire of charity among all men and women on earth: contemplative prayer “Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love”(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2717). The Easter Vigil Liturgy blesses the new fire, symbol of the glory of the Father who sent His Son on earth: to kindle desire for heaven and to lead us renewed in the Spirit to heaven. This cosmic element is therefore seen by faith as the symbol of God's greatness and closeness and the power of his Holy Spirit.

The ideal of the Olympic Games to create a world of unity and “catholicity” reveals itself once again to be utopian, in the face of mankind's longing for freedom, in the face of anyone who senses that freedom can never be suppressed, since it is an essential trait of the image and likeness of God, who is Freedom.

The Church, always countered by the great powers of the Anti-Church, as Christ is by the Anti-Christ, knows that only through the permanent scars of the Risen Lord blows the Spirit, in humility and in silence, renewing her in all her fragility and the world in all its contradiction. In this lies true joy: to “race in the stadium” to win the prize, not fleeting, of eternal life and to implore: “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love”.


New winds must be blowing in a Vatican in which such words are not only tolerated once more, but published by the official news agency of Propaganda Fide. Thank you, o Lord, for the third anniversary of the Pontificate of our gloriously reigning Pope.


  1. Anonymous2:25 PM

    "The Masonic plan to revive the flame of the gods of Olympus in order to attain the unification of humanity and install universal peace..."

    Yes, thank you, Lord.

    It's not loonies who are, and have been saying that there is a Masonic plan to overthrown God's order.

    Again, the peace of the world has been entrusted to Our Lady. There is no other way, like it or not. Denigrate her message if you have no fear of offending God.

  2. Reading this I was so reminded of Mr Moons address to Pope Benedict at the UN yesterday. All very insightful. Thank you for posting this.

  3. Anonymous3:54 PM

    It's not loonies who are, and have been saying that there is a Masonic plan to overthrown (sic) God's order.

    Or rather, it's not JUST loonies who have been saying that. It's the loonies who think the Freemasons and Jews have been secretly pulling the strings in the Catholic Church for past century, even placing their men on the Chair of Peter.

  4. It's about time that someone in the Vatican starts talking the truth again about the freemasons and their man centered religion, which by the way has infected the teachings of Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae.

  5. To use Jan Wils' invention of the Olympic flame (in 1928) in the (probable) image of the masonic sacred fire in order to "back-project" masonic guilt by association on the whole Olympic movement (first modern games in 1896) is over-egging it just a bit. The authors’ use of the word “masonic” to spice up their text and set off Pavlovian reactions in the usual suspects does unfortunately, for the ordinary intelligent Catholic reader, rather diminish the point they are trying to make. (Of course, the authors miss a trick – Hitler famously dismissed the Olympic movement as “an invention of Jews and Freemasons” – although of course in the spirit of Nostra Aetate to say that might be going just a bit too far.)

    It is interesting that the phrase from one of the Holy Father’s speeches which is quoted by the authors to illustrate the “triumphalism of thought” permeating de Coubertin’s ideas, in its true context actually referred to the triumphalism of the “Sprit of Vatican II” brigade, “which holds that the great Church of the future is now truly being born”.

    Although de Coubertin – a lapsed Catholic, not one of the Jesuits’ educational successes – was definitely over the top with his ideas of a neo-pagan "muscle religion", he was supported on the more practical aspects of the Games and physical education by the Dominican priest Henri Didon (who coined the Olympic motto) and he also actively sought (and claimed to have received) the blessing of Pope St Pius X for his endeavours concerning the Games.

    The first Games after the Great War, in 1920, were famously inaugurated in Antwerp Cathedral by a ceremony of remembrance and dedication led by Cardinal Mercier, who gave a memorable sermon extolling the athletes’ virtues of discipline, loyalty and moderation, and exhorting them to strive for those crowns of glory which never whither and fade.


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