“The Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist” (Cardinal Biffi)

Fr Ray Blake has published a few prescient quotations from deceased Cardinal Giacomo Biffi (1928-2015) on his blog that could be seen as describing pretty aptly the current ideology in the Vatican, infiltrated by enemies of the Cross and the true faith.

“… the Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist. He … seeks the consensus of all the Christian confessions, conceding something to each one.”
“The crowds follow him, except for tiny groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants. Chased by the Antichrist, they tell him, ‘You have given us everything except for the one thing that interests us, Jesus Christ,'”

“Today, in fact, we run the risk of having a Christianity that puts Jesus with his cross and resurrection into parentheses,”
“There also are relative values such as solidarity, love for peace and respect for nature. If these are given an absolute value or uprooted from or placed in opposition to the proclamation of the fact of salvation, then they become the basis for idolatry and are obstacles on the path to salvation.”

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We are adding a few more insightful quotes from Cdl. Biffi on other topics of interest: 

Homosexuality

  • “The ideology of homosexuality – as often happens to ideologies when they become aggressive and end up being politically triumphant – becomes a threat to our legitimate autonomy of thought: those who do not share it risk condemnation to a kind of cultural and social marginalization. Catholics must prepare for persecution by homosexual activists and their allies.”

Immigration

  • “The Italian government should favour Catholic immigrants to offset the number of Muslim immigrants to protect Italy’s national identity. … Muslims—the vast majority of them, with few exceptions—come here determined to remain foreign to our ‘humanity’ whether individual or in groups, in what is most essential to it, most precious and most secularly indispensable: more or less openly they come to us determined to remain substantially ‘different,’ in the expectation of substantially remaking us into something similar to them.”

Vatican II

  • “In order to bring a bit of clarity to the confusion that afflicts Christianity in our time, one must first distinguish very carefully between the conciliar event and the ecclesial climate that followed. They are two different phenomena, and require distinct treatment.
    Paul VI sincerely believed in Vatican Council II, and in its positive relevance for Christianity as a whole. He was one of its decisive protagonists, attentively following its work and discussions on a daily basis, helping it to overcome the recurrent difficulties in its path.
    He expected that, by virtue of the joint effort of all the bishops together with the successor of Peter, a blessed age of increased vitality and of exceptional fecundity must immediately benefit and gladden the Church.
    Instead, the “postcouncil,” in many of its manifestations, concerned and disappointed him. So he revealed his distress with admirable candor; and the impassioned lucidity of his expressions struck all believers, or at least those whose vision had not been clouded over by ideology. On June 29, 1972, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, speaking off the cuff, he said:

“I have the sensation that through some fissure, the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God. There is doubt, uncertainty, trouble, disquiet, dissatisfaction, confrontation. The Church is not trusted . . . It was believed that after the Council there would be a day of sunshine for the history of the Church. What has come instead is a day of clouds, of darkness, of seeking, of uncertainty . . . We believe that something preternatural (the devil) has come into the world to disturb, to suffocate the fruits of the Ecumenical Council and to prevent the Church from bursting into a hymn of joy for having regained full awareness of itself.”

“These are painful and severe words that deserve painstaking reflection. How could it have happened that from the legitimate pronouncements and texts of Vatican II, a season followed that was so different and distant?“ said Cardinal Biffi.

Europe’s inevitable showdown

In an interview at the beginning of the 1990s Cardinal Biffi was asked with what he termed “enviable optimism”: “Are you among those who think that either Europe will be Christian or it will not be at all?” His answer:

  • “I think that either Europe reverts back to being Christian or it will be Muslim.It seems to me that what actually has no future is the “culture of nothingness,” which appears to be vastly predominant among the people of Europe, rich in means and poor in truth: a content-free and limitless freedom, a skepticism boasted of  as if it were an intellectual accomplishment. “
  • “This “culture of nothingness” (supported by hedonism and by libertarian insatiability) will not be capable of withstanding the ideological assault of Islam, which is bound to come: only the rediscovery of the Christian event as man’s only salvation—and therefore a decisive resurrection of the ancient soul of Europe—can offer a different outcome to this inevitable showdown.Unfortunately, neither the “humanists” nor the “Catholics” seem to realize the tragedy that is unfolding. The secularists  with their relentless action against the Church do not realize that they are fighting against the strongest inspirer and the most valid defense of Western civilization and its values of rationality and liberty. When they do realize it, it may be too late. “Catholics,” by letting the awareness of the truths they possess fade away within themselves and by replacing apostolic concern with pure and simple dialogue at all costs, are unconsciously preparing their own extinction. My hope is that the seriousness of the situation may at some point lead to an effective reawakening both of reason and of the bygone faith.”

All things are possible for God

Finally, in order to comfort those who fear a decline or even a disappearance of Christianity in the world, and to demonstrate that God “can always turn in favour of believers situations that appear desperate,” Biffi gives the example of the appointment of Ambrose as bishop of Milan in 374:

  • “After the twenty-year episcopacy of Auxentius, a man of polluted faith, in league with the Arian empress Justina and a docile instrument of court meddling in the life of the ‘holy nation’, humanly speaking no one would have bet a dime on the revival of Milanese Catholicism. But then came Ambrose, and everything changed. ‘After the late death of Auxentius’, St. Jerome writes in his ‘Chronicon’, Ambrose became bishop of Milan, and all of Italy returned to the true faith’.”

Let us pray earnestly with sincere and hopeful hearts to Our Father in Heaven, following in the footsteps of this faithful Prince of the Church,  that one day the pope and the whole Vatican – currently preaching and acting in ways that confuse and disorientate and so often fly in the face of Christ’s Word and the timeless teaching of the Church – will likewise “return to the true faith”.

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[See CNA’s obituary of Cardinal Biffi: “Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher”.]

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3 Responses to “The Antichrist presents himself as a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist” (Cardinal Biffi)

  1. I just wrote a long comment to another Blog post “Rushdoony on ‘Invisible Rulers’” which reflects on how men are too prone to being their own God in this secular Modern Civilization. I want to post my comment here also because it was timely and so fitting for both of these Blog posts to appear on my radar simultaneously! I also include the link to the other very good Blog post.

    “Yes Mom! Modern, secular willful thinking is the doom to mankind. I saw that it evolved more rapidly out of the free love do your own thing mentality that swept across the planet way back when. But then people I knew after that period while I was growing up would talk about you can be what you want to be with self-actualization as your guide; to tune in and tune out all the noise or in essence objective disagreement to your self-focused behaviors and actions. Pleasing one’s self or going for the gusto rules for decades now and I see it especially in many Millennials that won’t acknowledge God at all and put themselves on a pedestal having been coddled and spoiled rotten they think themselves invincible taking high risks for the adrenaline rush and doing things that are extremely dangerous leading to death quite often. What such individuals will say before such an event happens along with their counterparts or peers say is if I die at least I did die doing what I loved doing and the peers echo that sentiment. So in other words they were being suicidal for a hormone rush high of feeling like they have power over matter and their own life while not giving a hoot about what is reality, or whether its true that we have a soul and when we die where that soul goes is contingent on what we did in this short term life in the flesh; apparently this really meant nothing to such persons who go for the gusto! Living with such behavior and lack of moral intent of a real higher purpose to all of existence and our place in that from a divine standpoint, is like a willful child that won’t listen to his parents even when he pretends he is listening but letting it go in one ear and out the other in a manner of speaking. That child will ultimately do what he pleases and with reckless abandonment to parent’s advice and rules along with disregard for societal established principles or even laws, so what hope is there that any such individual will even consider the ultimate power and truth of God the Creator? I say None and I see it rampantly occurring around the globe as younger generations are moving further away from God; some that even were brought up being educated on who Jesus Christ was decide that he was just some guy that went against tradition of the Jews at the time and did nothing so special or that matters in today’s modern world!
    Can you believe this is the TRUTH!”
    Son in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra
    https://logosdot.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/rushdoony-on-invisible-rulers/comment-page-1/#comment-2513

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  3. kathleen says:

    This is the prophetical description from Ven. Fulton Sheen of the Antichrist:

    “The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulphur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as ‘I am Who am,’ and the Devil as ‘I am who am not.’

    Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first ‘red.’ Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as ‘the Prince of this world,’ whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect–and certainly no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?

    The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. . . The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion–one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.

    In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.”

    Hmmm… Sounds frighteningly familiar!

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