Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fr. Campbell's Sermon: Right Choices and False Freedoms

Everyone talks about Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion is said to be guaranteed by the UN in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. I think that really means freedom for some religions. It is also said to be one of the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. Joining the conversation, Francis Bergoglio at a religious conference at the Vatican (June 20, 2014), called Religious freedom a “fundamental right of the human person.” Lately the American Family Association, a Christian organization, called for the distribution of one million lapel buttons proclaiming Freedom of Religion. But virtually no one today understands the question of Religious Freedom.

Freedom of Religion, in the sense of being free to choose one’s religion, is a Masonic doctrine, and never a teaching of the Catholic Church until Vatican II. And then, of course, it was not being taught by the True Catholic Church, but by the Modernist heretics who planned the so-called Council and took control of it. The Catholic bishops at the Council were swept along by the rhetoric of the false theologians and their New Theology, among whom were Giovanni Montini (Paul VI), and Karol Wojtyla (later John Paul II). Among the documents of Vatican II was Dignitatis Humanae, in which the Vatican II church declared itself in support of Religious Freedom. Since then it has been hammered home relentlessly and is now accepted uncritically by the vast majority of Catholics.

As a result, seeking to convert others to the Catholic Faith is no longer the policy of the Vatican II church, and the whole missionary apparatus of the Church is in total collapse. Preaching the Gospel to the nations is now left to the Evangelicals and Charismatics.

Oh, but what about the New Evangelization we have been hearing about for the last 50 years since Vatican II? Well, what a shock it is to discover that the New Vatican II Evangelization is not evangelization at all. We have all been hoodwinked. Evangelization means preaching the Gospel, as Jesus Christ commanded in His last words to the Apostles. But that’s not what this New Evangelization is about. It means going out and dialoguing with those of other religions. You sit with them over tea and talk about religion, but “I’m OK, You’re OK. Oh, stay right where you are! Your beautiful religion gets you in touch with God.” And we’re all on our way to the Common Homeland anyway (as John Paul II assured us). “We will all meet there”, says Francis. Muslim, Jew, Catholic, idol worshipper, atheist – what difference does it make?  

When Benedict XVI addressed the UN General Assembly on April 18, 2008, he referred to the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes freedom of religion, but makes no reference to God, or to our status as creatures of God. In fact, God is completely ignored, since the document is pure secular humanism.

But Benedict crowed about freedom of religion, conforming to the Vatican II heresy on that subject. It is true, of course, that no one can be impeded from practicing a false religion if he chooses to do so. But one cannot, in good conscience, choose from among the many religions, whether true or false. Freedom of Religion does not mean being free to choose whatever religion you want. To reject true religion is to reject God Himself.

The True Religion is the one revealed by God through the Old Testament prophets, and, definitively, through His Divine Son, Jesus Christ – the Holy Catholic Religion. Those who have the opportunity to choose, yet reject it in favor of one of the false, manmade religions, do not have the Spirit of Truth, and cannot be referred to as “men of good will.” Since Vatican II “faith” is attributed to people of all religions. They are all called “believers”, but they do not have the true gift of faith. Many people may be good, as this world understands goodness, but “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb.11:6).

We are in this world to save our souls. And there is only one way to do that. Jesus told His Apostles very clearly, “He who hears you, hears me; and he who rejects you, rejects me; and he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me” (Lk.10:16). God does not force our consciences, but He holds us responsible for our choices.

St. John tells us in his first epistle: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. And everyone who loves him who begot, loves also the one begotten of him… He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony of God in himself. He who does not believe the Son, makes him a liar; because he does not believe the witness that God has borne concerning his Son” (1Jn.5:1,10).

Who would dare to make a liar out of the Son of God, Jesus Christ? But this is exactly what we do when we do not accept His word as He gave it to us, replacing it with the doctrines of this world. Just as we are free to do good, but not to do evil, we are free to choose only the truth. We become free in choosing the truth, whereas if we choose falsehood we become enslaved. “If you abide in my word,” says Jesus, “you shall be my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn.8:31,32). 

Religious Freedom means being free, by the grace of God, to choose the true Religion which He has revealed through His Divine Son, Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do with choosing between the true Religion and the false religions of this world. Only the truth makes us free. The people of the world are not free, because they have been enslaved by the false religions. And everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin, says Our Lord. This is why the Gospel must be preached:

“How then are they to call upon him in whom they have not believed? But how are they to believe him whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear, if no one preaches? And how are men to preach unless they be sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; of those who bring glad tidings of good things!’” (Rom.10:14,15).

“If you abide in my word,” says Jesus Christ, God’s Divine Son, “you shall be disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn.8:31,32).