Catholic Bishops In England, Wales Put Their Support Behind ‘The Work Of Satan’

The bishops’ endorsement of the government’s pro-child-killing, pro-sodomy education legislation is unconscionable.

The terrifying moral seriousness of what the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) is doing in supporting the government’s Relationships and Sex Education legislation can be better understood by reflecting on the unforgettable address given by the late Carlo Cardinal Caffarra at the fourth annual Rome Life Forum, organized by Voice of the Family, on May 19, 2017. His Eminence said:

In our Western culture, have there been developments that evidence with particular clarity the conflict between the attractive power of the Crucified and Risen Lord and the culture of the lie constructed by Satan? I answer in the affirmative, and I wish to note two such developments in particular[.] … The first development is the transformation of the crime of abortion (nefandum crimen, “unspeakable crime,” in the words of the Second Vatican Council) into a right. Note well, here I am not speaking of abortion the act. I am speaking of the greatest legitimation the juridical order can bestow on a behaviour — that of subsuming it into the category of a personal right, which is an ethical category. This means to call evil good, to call darkness light. “When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” This is an attempt to produce an “anti-Revelation.” What is the logic that ushers in this ennoblement of abortion? It is first of all the uttermost negation of the truth of man[.] …

The second development is the ennoblement of homosexuality. Here we find the complete rejection of the truth of marriage, of the mind of God the Creator with regard to marriage. Divine Revelation has communicated to us God’s design for marriage: the rightful union of man and woman, font of new life. In the mind of God, marriage has a permanent structure rooted in the duality of the human mode of being: feminine and masculine. Not two opposite poles, these, but the one with and for the other. Only in this way does man emerge from his original solitude. One of God’s fundamental laws in governing the universe is that He does not act alone, but enlists our cooperation. The union of man and woman who become one flesh constitutes human cooperation with the creative act of God[.] …

Let us summarize, then. The pillars of creation are two: the human person in his irreducibility to the material universe, and the conjugal union between man and woman, the locus in which God creates new human persons “in His image and likeness.” The axiological elevation of abortion to the status of a personal right is the demolition of the first pillar. The ennoblement of homosexual relationships as equivalent to marriage is the destruction of the second pillar. At the root of this is the work of Satan, who wants to construct an actual anti-creation. He is hurling at God a final, terrible challenge. “I will show you that I can create an alternative to your creation.  And man will say he is better off in my alternative creation than he is in yours.” Using a horrifying strategy of lies, built upon a profound contempt for man, Satan declares that the human person is incapable of ascending to the splendour of Truth; that he is incapable of enduring the paradox of an infinite desire for happiness; that it is not possible for him to find himself in the sincere gift of himself.

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