Via Church Militant, I learned today that the USCCB is launching a new group called "National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue" to establish "mutual esteem", "greater understanding" and a "deep sense of trust". This organization will be co-chaired by a Catholic and a muslim. While the muslim is yet to be announced, the Catholic co-chair will be Archbishop Blaise Cupich. Given what I've written about him in earlier posts, we can well wonder what could possibly go right with this looming debacle.
In that list of oh-so-lofty goals, there is no mention whatsoever of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the One True Faith to the lost souls that are the muslims. As mentioned in yesterday's post, the Church's one mission is to save souls (Clergy! Burn that into your memories!). With all this jibber-jabber about "dialogue", the saving of souls will not be happening at these little gab-fests. "But Jesus dialogued with people!", some might protest. No He didn't. He certainly had conversations with people, but they were not "dialogues" between equals. He always taught, preached, exhorted, rebuked - always the conversations were between Master and disciples (unless the exchanges were malevolent, as with Caiaphas, Pilate, Pharisees, etc). Never did He condescend to be regarded as "just one of the guys".
It seems like all sorts of substitutes are being put before our eyes to distract us from the salvation of souls. With yesterday's post we see the distraction-du-jour was thinly-disguised gaia worship. Today's revelation by Church Militant points to indifferentism. I'm going to post below a commentary by Michael Matt regarding the yesterday's homage to environmentalism for he suggests a larger context to all of these pet projects of the vatican.
Thomas a’ Kempis, Gratitude for the Grace of God
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