Thursday, June 05, 2008

Papal Reminders from Rorate Caeli

Nice post from Rorate can be found here. I think we know what and who he's talking about...a certain Mega-Church Styled Politician pretending to be the Messiah...

Here is a snippet from the snippets...

The Communism of today, more emphatically than similar movements in the past, conceals in itself a false messianic idea. A pseudo-ideal of justice, of equality and fraternity in labor impregnates all its doctrine and activity with a deceptive mysticism, which communicates a zealous and contagious enthusiasm to the multitudes entrapped by delusive promises. This is especially true in an age like ours, when unusual misery has resulted from the unequal distribution of the goods of this world. This pseudo-ideal is even boastfully advanced as if it were responsible for a certain economic progress.

Pius XI
Divinis Redemptoris

1 comment:

Moonshadow said...

I received a chain email from an acquaintance in a nearby parish a couple of months ago that read:

According to The Book of Revelation: The antichrist will be a man, in his 40s, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christlike appeal .... the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything. Is it OBAMA??

I replied directly to her and to those email addresses I recognized among the list:

The Book of Revelation does not even use the phrase "antichrist" and certainly does not give a man's age. So the description "in his 40s" is hogwash.

The "antichrist" is already at work in the world and has been since the Apostle John wrote his first epistle: "Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. [...] every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already." (1 John 2:18, 4:3)

Let's look at what the Catechism says about the "antichrist" in paragraphs 675-676:

Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatalogical judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism.

In the past, "secular messianism" has been associated with atheistic Communism, as in this papal encyclical from Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris (paragraph 8, issued in 1937)

Nobody replied to me.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton