Cardinal Sarah: The new revolutionaries are trying to destroy the Christian family

CP&S comment – Given the growth of anti-Catholicism in the West, we should prepare ourselves for what may lie ahead if this juggernaut proceedss unchecked. In western France in the 1790s a similar state of affairs led to a cruel persecution of the Church under colour of law, and then when Catholic peasants in the Vendée dared to resist this persecution, the ruling atheists ordered the entire population of that region be exterminated – men, women, and children! They sent out the army in “infernal columns” to “depopulate the Vendée”. There were close to an estimated 250,000 casualties, and yet the genocide of the Vendeans is not well known outside of France. But it deserves to be. It teaches a valuable lesson: that visceral hatred of Catholicism, left unchecked, can lead to genocide!


By Nick Hallett on the Catholic Herald

Cardinal Sarah (CNS)

People once again need to rise up like the Vendée Catholics and Royalists, the cardinal added

Modern Western advocates of abortion and population control in Africa are like the French revolutionaries who massacred the people of Vendée, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said.

In a homily honouring the Vendée martyrs, published online by Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Sarah praised the region and its inhabitants for resisting atheistic republicanism during the Revolution, but said that the Church and the traditional family still faced persecution.

“Who will rise today for God?” the cardinal asked. “Who will dare to confront the modern persecutors of the Church? Who will have the courage to rise up without any weapons other than the rosary and the Sacred Heart, to face the columns of death of our time?”

These modern “columns of death”, the cardinal explained, were “relativism, indifferentism and contempt for God”.

“Who will say to this world that the only freedom worth dying for is the freedom to believe?”

The War in the Vendée, which lasted from March to December 1793, was a popular uprising against France’s revolutionary republican government. It was led by the self-styled Catholic and Royal Army, which was largely composed of peasants.

In the aftermath of the rebellion, tens of thousands of civilians were massacred by the so-called “Infernal Columns” of republican general Louis Marie Turreau. Many of those who died have been beatified by the Church.

The Guinean cardinal said that those who advocate sterilisation, abortion and population control, especially for Africa, are the modern equivalent of those Infernal Columns.

“Once again today, more than ever, revolutionary ideologists want to annihilate the natural place of self-giving, joyful generosity and of love. I want to talk about the family! Gender ideology, and contempt for fertility and fidelity are the many slogans of this revolution.”

The cardinal added that, just as in the Vendée, modern revolutionaries want to exterminate families.

“These new revolutionaries are worried by the generosity of large families. They ridicule Christian families, for they embody all that they hate. They are ready to launch new Infernal Columns on Africa to put pressure on families and impose sterilisation, abortion and contraception. Africa, like the Vendée, will resist! Christian families everywhere must be the joyful spearheads of a revolt against this new dictatorship of selfishness!”

Cardinal Sarah called on the French people to live up to the reputation of their Vendean ancestors and stand up for traditional Christianity amid a new onslaught.

“Today in the East, Pakistan and Africa, our Christian brothers die for their faith, crushed by the pillars of persecuting Islamism. And you, people of France, you, people of Vendée, when will you rise with the peaceful weapons of prayer and charity to defend your faith?

“My friends, the blood of martyrs flows in your veins, be faithful to it! We are all spiritually sons of la Vendée martyre!”

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7 Responses to Cardinal Sarah: The new revolutionaries are trying to destroy the Christian family

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    The best quote by Cardinal Sarah: “Who will say to this world the only freedom worth dying for is the freedom to believe!?”. However, the other side of this are those who resist believing in God, whose hatred is so viral, vile, and energized by emotion. Great speech by Cardinal Sarah. He is seeing Africa slowly shrivel up by atheistic causes.

  2. LeoG says:

    Great stuff from His Eminence, as ever. I can’t help wondering whether he did a little bit of cheeky cut and pasting from this source however! http://www.newoxfordreview.org/reviews.jsp?did=0504-gardiner

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    LeoG: Can you please be a bit more specific, perhaps by cutting/pasting the exact section of the NOR article you refer to, side-by-side with the section of Cdl Sarah’s sermon that you’re referring to? I’m just interested, that’s all, in this suggestion of – appropriation, shall we say? I hope you are not on firm ground. Shall we see?

  4. LeoG says:

    Dear johnhenrycn: you.are absolutely right to politely challenge me because, looking again, I indeed jumped to an incorrect conclusion and thought I’d spotted something familiar. However I was rushing and I now see it is actually in the cp&s comment above the article where this seems to be the case. Had i paused for thought i would obciously also have realised His Eminence’s words had originally been spoken in French in any case. Just to be clear, please be assured that i didn’t have any negative/malicious intentions when making the original comment, it was simply a point of interest (albeit wrong!). I admire the Cardinal hugely and see in him great hope for the Church in rather difficult times. Thank you for this welcome admonition and God bless!

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    A more fulsome apology I never did see. I shall use it as a template the next time I need one 🙂

  6. kathleen says:

    I have just received, via an Irish friend of mine, Brian Ó Caithnia, this startling testimony from a Nigerian Christian. We hang our heads in shame 😓 !

  7. mary salmond says:

    Wow1 Great letter by the Nigerian!

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