Statement by Fr. Stefan Frey, Rector of the seminary of the SSPX in Germany

Source: FSSPX News

Assisi, Congress of Demons?

On New Year’s Day, Pope Benedict XVI caused a sensation in his remarks after the recitation of the Angelus.  In effect he invited all his “Christian “brethren of various denominations” and “the exponents of the world’s religious traditions” to go on pilgrimage, with him, in October of this year, to the town of St. Francis to commemorate the “historical gesture” that his predecessor made 25 years ago in gathering all religions there. One cannot recall that “historical action” without groaning.  In particular because of the symbolic power of the images that spread all over the world to drive home their message:  all religions are pathways to God and to peace in the world. Indeed, when John Paul II invited all the representatives of the different religions to pray to their gods, and when he made available to them, to celebrate their rituals, the churches of Assisi—including the most sacred places, with the presence of the Blessed Sacrament—everyone must have been allured by that impression:  all these forms of worship, in themselves, are sacred, they please God and possess a positive force for establishing peace in the world.  As for the Catholic religion, it is just one way of salvation among others.

The spirit of Assisi

-       All religions are important and effective in bringing about peace in the world! -       All men must live out their faith – as a service for world peace. -       All religions lead to God.

What a monstrous blasphemy against the one God and Savior Jesus Christ, who was placed by His Vicar on earth (!) on the same level with Mohammed, Buddha and all the pagan idols which—according to the testimony of Sacred Scripture—are nothing other than demons! This “congress of demons” inscribes in the annals of the history of the Church the most somber chapter of all, even though the man who initiated it, subjectively, acted with a good intention:  to mobilize all religious forces to save peace in a world that was sinking ever deeper into godlessness and anarchy. Unfortunately, he “forgot” that there is, for the whole human family, only one way that leads to Peace and Salvation, attested by the One who proclaimed:  “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life!” (John 14:6)

The Catholic spirit

-       Jesus Christ is the only God, the only way to peace and salvation. -       All men are called to be converted to Him. -       All other religions are deceptive ways of the devil:  “All the gods of the Gentiles are devils” (Psalm 95[96]:5).

Apparently Benedict XVI is disposed to follow the wrong and disastrous path of his predecessor. The words of his address for the New Year leave no doubt: “The great religions can constitute an important factor of unity and peace for the human family.” That is why they would like in Assisi “to solemnly renew the commitment of believers of every religion to live their own religious faith as a service to the cause of peace.” This is because “those journeying to God cannot but transmit peace, those who are building peace cannot but draw close to God.” The shorter message that he pronounced in French unfortunately complete the image of an ideal world in sync with ideas that are entirely Masonic: “May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Prince of Peace, help each person to renew his commitment to building a world that is increasingly fraternal where all are free to profess their religion or their faith.”



That is why [the gathering at] Assisi is:


- A grave objective offence against Christ and His Church;

- A practical negation of His divinity, of His universal Kingship and of the uniqueness of His saving Mediation;

- An encouragement for other believers to practice their false worship;

- A strong signal to persons who are seeking that they should stay far away from the only ark of salvation;

- Disorienting to Catholics on the subject of the true religion;

- A seductive spectacle leading to religious indifferentism.

The different interreligious gatherings at Assisi break completely with Church doctrine, teaching that has been revealed by God. They could not possibly be based on Sacred Scripture, nor on any pontifical teaching or act. Quite the contrary! In 1928 Pope Pius XI wrote in his encyclical about this theme of “interreligious gatherings”:

“Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.” – Pius XI, Mortalium animos, January 6, 1928.

When it is a question of the glory of God, the truth of religion and the salvation of souls, it would be a sin to remain silent when one can speak.  Thus in 1986 Archbishop Lefebvre moved heaven and earth to dissuade Pope John Paul II from carrying out the plans that he had announced.  On August 27 he wrote to several cardinals, friends of his, to ask for their support:  “He who now sits upon the Throne of Peter mocks publicly the first article of the Creed and the first Commandment of the Decalogue.  The scandal given to Catholic souls cannot be measured. The Church is shaken to its very foundations. If faith in the Church, the only ark of salvation, disappears, then the Church herself disappears.  All of her strength, all of her supernatural activity is based on this article of our faith.” Once the gathering had taken place in Assisi, he protested with Bishop de Castro Mayer in an open letter:  “The public sin against the one, true God, against the Incarnate Word, and His Church, makes us shudder with horror. John Paul II encourages the false religions to pray to their false gods—an immeasurable, unprecedented scandal … an inconceivable impiety and an intolerable humiliation for those who remain Catholic in fidelity to twenty centuries of the same Faith.” Like our founder in the past, we too cannot keep silence today, if we do not want to be “dumb dogs not able to bark” (Isaias 56:10), pastors who watch, without doing anything, the sheep who have strayed from the faith.  The duty of all the Catholic faithful is above all to lift up their hands ardently and perseveringly to Heaven to beg God to prevent, by His omnipotence, the repetition of the atrocity of Assisi.  May the Most Holy Virgin Mary, who has vanquished all heresies, enlighten and strengthen our Holy Father so that he may act with the same mind as that of his predecessors who preferred to endure persecution, torture and death rather than to insult Christ and pretend to worship false gods. Fr. Stefan Frey, rector of Sacred Heart Seminary in Zaitzkofen, Germany, January 22, 2011 (Source : FSSPX-Germany Wochenbrief 01/2011 – Translated from the French version in DICI n°229 dated February 5, 2011)

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