Quo Vadis? Holy See Still Placing Hope
in Human Prudence,
not Divine Guidance
In what some laud as a promising partnership, the Holy See announced that it has joined the International Organization for Migration.
The avowed purpose of the organization is to facilitate an “orderly and humane” process of allowing people to move from one nation to another. Many migrants, especially unprotected women and children, are exploited by international sex trafficking rings, and combating this exploitation is one of the chief current purposes of the organization.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the latest incarnation of a group that began in the wake of World War II when millions of displaced persons lived under distressed conditions. Its initial focus was Europe, but it has since expanded to include every part of the world.
It boasts a budget of about $1 billion, has more than 5400 employees and offices in about 100 countries. Its policy on abortion is not stated explicitly in the voluminous if somewhat vague information offered on its web sites concerning gender issues, but it does support the activities of World Aids Day for the prevention of HIV, which presumably includes the distribution of condoms.
It would seem that the Church has again entered into an unholy alliance in its attempt to get in step with the modern world. When will the Church realize that the modern world and the Catholic Faith are moving in different directions?
And the Church's divinely given mandate is not to assist the humanitarian work of other organizations with secular orientations, but to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. In plain words, the Church's primary mission is the salvation of souls, not the facilitation of “orderly and humane” migrations.
Ensuring the welfare of migrants is compatible with Catholic social teaching; it may even be required by it. But all activities of the Church must be subordinated to the sole reason for Her existence: to save souls.
The IOM is not concerned with saving souls, nor does it give adequate recognition to one of the principal reasons for forced migrations: religious persecution.
Slaughter and enslavement of migrants in Africa and elsewhere is part of a general campaign to exterminate or subjugate Christians and to impose the sharia law of Islam. (See: Christian Persecution Info web site.)
In a properly ordered world, it is the IOM that would be joining the Church. For the Catholic Faith has the only workable prescription for the humane treatment of migrants, as well as for every human being: to see Christ in every man and woman and to treat them accordingly. “Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:45)
The world can appreciate the corporal works of mercy, such as those performed by the IOM, but it has strong objections to the spiritual works of mercy. It approved of Mother Teresa when she ministered to sick bodies, but not when she ministered to sick souls.
The late militant atheist Christopher Hitchens, who presented the humanitarian ideal of the secular humanist as the only acceptable course for enlightened people to follow, was savage in his denunciations of Mother Teresa, whom he accused of trying to convert people to Catholicism and of performing “surreptitious baptisms.”
Implicit in the Church's partnership with the IOM is the guarantee that the Holy See's support will be restricted to material aid and political lobbying on behalf of migrants. Evangelization is assuredly off limits.
Should the Church be engaging in any work that excludes its arch-mandate? Joining the IOM gives the appearance that the Holy See considers cooperation for humanitarian ends more important than evangelization, in that it is willing to cede its primary mission for the sake of achieving such humanitarian ends.
In availing itself of such means as the IOM, the Church also implicitly admits that it has no remedy of its own to propose for the manifold ills that afflict our world. But it has. (See: “Heaven's Peace Plan”.)
So long as the Pope and bishops refuse obedience to Our Lady of Fatima and delay the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, so long will the Church find itself pursuing false solutions to problems it tries to address.
When Heaven offers us a remedy and tells us it is the only one that will work in our circumstances, why should we not do as Heaven asks? The diabolical disorientation spoken of by Sister Lucy is the only explanation for the persistent spiritual blindness of certain members of the hierarchy.
We must work and pray ever more fervently that the Holy Father and the bishops will heed the requests of Our Lady of Fatima. (See: Petition to Our Holy Father — The Consecration of Russia and Petition to Our Holy Father — The Release of the full Third Secret.)
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