In an article published on the Fourth of July, I called attention to a document posted among the resources offered on the USCCB’s “Conscience Protection” webpage, a “one-sheet” entitled “Christ the King: That He Would Reign in our Hearts.”
The author(s) of this document quote very selectively from the Encyclical, Quas Primas, in such way as to give the uninformed reader the false impression that the teaching set forth therein serves as an endorsement for the Conference’s “religious liberty / freedom of conscience of all people of faith” campaign, when in truth, the doctrine expressed by Pope Pius XI in this great Encyclical utterly eviscerates it.
Even to the most secular minded individual such deceptiveness would be considered unethical. The USCCB “one-sheet” is so entirely misrepresentative of the Holy Father’s intent that Pope Pius XI, if alive today, could sue the Conference for libel!
As such, one is hard pressed to avoid a difficult question:
When proponents of the “Conscience Protection” campaign being waged by the USCCB, guided by the proposals put forth in Dignitatis Humanae of Vatican II, find it necessary to bolster their cause by misrepresenting – and grossly so – the papal magisterium that predates it, is there any plausible reason to believe that Our Blessed Lord is being served?
For me, this isn’t a difficult question to answer in the least.
Even so, I do realize that many of my “conservative” Catholic friends stand squarely with the USCCB and the Vatican II approach to religious freedom, and it is from them in particular that I would like to hear, to which end I have opened this post up for comments.
Is there any among you who does not find cause for deep concern in this, the Conference’s misrepresentation of Quas Primas and the doctrine underlying the Feast of Christ the King?
More importantly, is there any who would wish to defend it?
You are still better off in America than us in Germany. Our Bishops would never quote from “Quas Primas”. I doubt if they ever have read it.
It´s really hard these days for a Catholic who has read all the important pre-Vat II Encyclicals and the teachings of the Doctors of the Church and who realizes that they seem to be of no interest to most of the modern-day Bishops and sometimes even to Popes.
We are a family of three converts to the faith and feel pretty much alone although we are surrounded by “Catholics” in our Bavarian village.
Keep up the good work for Christ the King, Mr. Verrecchio, an God bless!
I notice the shocked reaction and strong defense for the USCCB from those you challenged., Mr. Verrecchio.
Well, not so much, I guess.
Well said, and thank you for saying it.
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The USCCB should be abolished as a modernist, inept organization.
Take, for example, the relationship between Karol Wojtyla and his best friend in Krakow, Jerzy Kluger. Their story is found in “The Pope and I”–authored by the latter.
I will draw out the main points:
1) Because Wojtyla respected Kluger’s conscience as a jew, Kluger respected him to the point of allowing JPII to baptize his children
2) Wojtyla was allowed to visit the Kluger family synagogue, and vice versa with the Wojtyla family parish
3) Their friendship has drastically improved Jewish/Catholic relationships since Pius XII
Oh please – get an education! Pius XI was anti-Nazi before the war started as was the then Cardinal Secretary of State , Eugenio Pacelli. The Cardinal made 42 anti-Nazi speeches inside and outside Germany. The day after his election the Berlin Morgenpost stated: “The election of Cardinal Pacelli is not accepted with favor in Germany because he was always opposed to Nazism and practically determined the policies of his predecessor.”
Jewish leaders comments on Pope Pius XII:
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Isaac Hertzog 1944: “The People of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates ……….are doing for us unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history………”
Rabbi Safran of Rumania 1944: “……..the supreme Pontiff who offered a large sum to relieve the sufferings of deported Jews. The Jews of Rumania will never forget these facts of historical importance.”
The chief Rabbi of Rome , Israel Zolli: “What the Vatican did will be indelibly and eternally engraved in our hearts……. priests and even high prelates did things that will ever be an honor to Catholicism.” Zolli later became a Catholic partly due to the Holy Father’s actions and love and he took Eugenio, the Pope’s given name as his baptismal name.
The total number of Jews saved by Pope Pius XII is between 700,000 and 860,000 – the most successful Jewish Aid organization of WW2
Golda Meir: “We share the grief of the world over the death of His Holiness Pius XII ….During the 10 years pf Nazi terror, when our people passed through the horrors of martyrdom, the Pope raised his voice to condemn the persecuted and to commiserate with their victims.”
Albert Einstein: ” Only the Catholic Church protested against the Hiltlerian onslaught on liberty. Up till then I had not been interested in the Church, but today I feel a great admiration for the Church which alone has had the courage to speak for spiritual truth and moral liberty.”
Recently the BBC issued a decades late apology for wrongly accusing His Holiness Pope Pius XII of war crimes namely silence during the war and refusal to help the Jews. It was a very small, almost invisible article – nevertheless it WAS an apology for their appalling lies aimed at damaging our Church.