Rorate Caeli

In the Anglican Areopagus

Cardinal Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), yesterday at the Lambeth Conference:

The spiritual combat, described in the Books of Genesis and Revelation, has continued unabated all down the ages. St Paul described it in very vivid terms: “We are not contending against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). This combat rages fiercely even today, aided and abetted by well-known secret sects, Satanic groups and New Age movements, to mention but a few, and reveals many ugly heads of the hideous anti-God monster: among them are notoriously secularism, which seeks to build a Godless society; spiritual indifference, which is insensitive to transcendental values; and relativism, which is contrary to the permanent tenets of the Gospel. All of these seek to efface any reference to God or to things supernatural, and to supplant it with mundane values and behaviour patterns which purposely ignore the transcendental and the divine. Far from satisfying the deep yearnings of the human heart, they foster a culture of death, be it physical or moral, spiritual or psychological. Examples of this culture are abortions (or the slaughter of innocent unborn children), divorces (which kill sacred marriage bonds blessed by God), materialism and moral aberrations (which suffocate the joy of living and lead often to profound psychic depression), economic, social and political injustices (which crush human rights), violence, suicides, murders, and the like, all of which abound today and militate against the mind of Christ, who came that “all may have life, and have it in abundance” (Jn 10:10). Two vital institutions of the human society are particularly vulnerable to such a culture of death: the family and the youth. These must, therefore, receive the special attention, guidance and support of those whom the Holy Spirit has placed as shepherds of the flock entrusted to their pastoral care.

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  1. Anonymous12:51 PM

    The truth will set you free.
    And He who is the Truth will set you free. Blessed be God forever speaking and teaching and saving in His Holy Church.

  2. Anonymous2:25 PM

    The cardinal's words are a breath of fresh air amidst the Anglican chaos. The problems of the Anglicans all stem from the fact that their communion is built both on relativism ("inclusiveness") and on the sins of a lustful king.

    Worth noting also is another excerpt from Cardinal Dias's address that Damian Thompson posted on his blog:

    "Much is spoken today of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. By analogy, their symptoms can, at times, be found even in our own Christian communities. For example, when we live myopically in the fleeting present, oblivious of our past heritage and apostolic traditions, we could well be suffering from spiritual Alzheimer's. And when we behave in a disorderly manner, going whimsically our own way without any co-ordination with the head or the other members of our community, it could be ecclesial Parkinson's."

    I think this is Cardinal Dias's (and Pope Benedict's) way of rebuking both the Anglican Communion and the failed ecumenical policies of people such as Cardinal Kasper.

  3. Anonymous2:53 PM

    It was reported in the media some time ago that Cardinal Ivan Dias burned incense to a Hindu Deity & was pictured lighting a candle to Ganesh in India.

    I don't know if he has abjured his action in this event.

    Then, in 2006, he was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to be Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.

    The incongruity of H.E.'s action as reported above & his Lambeth speech is perplexing to say the least. On one hand, he is promoting idolatry & now . . . this Lambeth speech. Go figure!

  4. ...and? Does this really address anything to do with the Anglican's situation? This quote takes up the broadest possible themes when the question facing the Anglicans, as it has ever been, is quite specific. Now if he had added, "...and you're not presently contributing anything anything to the solution. Are you going to or not so that we can move on?", then I would be impressed.

  5. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Nothing good happens without somebody paying for it.
    What did St Paul say?
    "Your and my sacrifice are missing next to that of Christ Jesus."
    Let us pray and let start fasting. Then we can hope that Grace will surprise us. God bless you and keep on seeking the Face of the Lord. Father Galambos, o.f.m.

  6. Anonymous4:15 PM

    just convert why is a rc cardinal
    even there.

  7. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Does anyone remember Cardinal Dias burning incense to Ganesh?

  8. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Correction: Card. Diaz placed a lighted incense before the pagan-Hindu idol.

  9. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Maybe the Satanic groups and New Age movements is codeword for Anglicans?

  10. Anonymous7:36 PM

    More "double speak" from the hierarchy. Look at what is happening. We get mixed signals from the Holy Father and most of the Cardinals. The Bishops are another nightmare all by its self.

    We are being kept off balance. I would love to be wrong but I have a gut feeling we've been had again.

    Satan is at work.

  11. Anonymous9:28 PM


    The Cardinal also spoke, in another part of his adress, about "spiritual Alzheimer's" and "ecclesial Parkinson's", in a clear reference to the situation of the Anglican Communion.


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