This post regarding these three popular manifestations of idolatry appeared a few days ago and it provides much food for thought. I'd go a bit further than the author does. He merely says that these idols are merely filling in a vacuum being left by a dying and shriveling church. I, however, believe that the church isn't merely making way for these, but actively ushering them to places of prominence. Witness the "poop video" in the post previous to this one.
Another very recent manifestation seems to come from a most surprising source - the canonization of Mother Teresa. There is no doubt that she and her sisters spent their lives in heroic service to many destitute people and not too many of us can forget the truth she spoke to power at the 1994 prayer breakfast. But there were troubling signs of indifferentism throughout her writings, at least in the early days. There is this quote from A Simple Path: "I’ve always said that we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic." We know that the only way a Hindu, Muslim or anyone else can become "better" is to embrace the One True Faith, not to become further entrenched in their false religions. The Bellarmine Forum carries an article about the relationship between Mother Teresa and Father John Hardon. While it rightly praises Mother's many virtues, we see starting in the second paragraph testament to her unwillingness to teach the creeds of the Faith, saying "her sisters were there to help the poor". So the imparting of the Faith would not have assisted the poor? But Father was there, at the behest of Pope John Paul II, to equip the sisters to engage in that aspect of charity and I believe that they did. But did Mother ever walk back that statement as quoted from A Simple Path?
It does seem that at least in the first stage of the ministry of the Missionaries of Mercy, Mother Teresa was content to focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy to the exclusion of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. I'll now link to an article by Msgr Charles Pope, written over a year ago, entitled "What Ever Happened To The Spiritual Works Of Mercy?" It is worth careful study, as are the comments below. I truly am glad that Pope John Paul II, through Father Hardon, corrected that short-coming in the Missionaries of Mercy.
Let's move onto Islam. I'll now post an account of an interview granted by Cardinal Burke. In that interview, His Eminence states that the belief that Christians and muslims worship the same god stems from relativism. It might be indifferentism, too, such as the one seen Mother Teresa's quote in A Simple Path. It is quite blasphemous to state that those who behead babies, stone rape victims, engage in terrorist bombings by using their own children, etc, etc, in the name of their god, somehow worship the One, True God. Yet that is what progressive church leaders thrust down our throats, as our post-Christian culture makes ever-increasing concessions to muslims while treating Christians - particularly faithful Catholics - as de facto "niggers of the new age".
Again we see the Church hierarchy welcoming in this heresy, not only in the misguided indifferentism rightly condemned by Cardinal Burke, but also in troubling actions by Pope Francis. Recall his allowance of muslim prayers to the false "allah" idol within the Vatican gardens and his washing of the feet of muslims during Holy Thursday services.
These embraces of both humanism and indifferentism by progressives in the Church not only facilitate cultural suicide, but also facilitate the damnation of immortal souls by holding up to them lies as though they were truths.
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