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Pan-religious "Summit of Mount Hiei" gathering in 2011
Pope Benedict XVI continues to praise "Spirit of Assisi." How I miss Archbishop Lefebvre who in 1986 said publicly, clearly and correctly of the Assisi meeting: "He who now sits upon the Throne of Peter mocks publicly the first article of the Creed and the first Commandment of the Decalogue. The scandal given to Catholic souls cannot be measured. The Church is shaken to its very foundation.” - JV
POPE SENDS GREETING TO JAPAN INTERRELIGIOUS EVENT
Reiterates Importance of Religious Leaders' Commitment to Peace
VATICAN CITY, AUG. 3, 2012 (ZENIT) - The Vatican today released the text of a note Benedict XVI addressed to the Venerable Kojun Handa, supreme priest of the Tendai Buddhist Denomination, for the 25th anniversary of an annual interreligious gathering held at Mount Hiei in Japan.
The brief message notes that the gathering in Asia takes place in the "spirit of the 1986 historic meeting in Assisi promoted by my predecessor Blessed John Paul II."
"The commitment to the cause of peace by religious leaders is of the greatest importance and I am happy to learn that, thanks to your efforts, the Summit on Mount Hiei has become a major annual event that contributes effectively to dialogue between people of different beliefs," Benedict wrote.
He noted the theme of this year's summit -- the response of religious leaders to natural disasters.
"According to the Christian perspective, the love given to those who suffer is a reflection of the divine charity of God who so loved the world that he sent his only Son Jesus Christ," the Pontiff said. "In this sense, my mind turns to the earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan last year and the harrowing consequences for the whole nation. It was heartening to learn of the effective role of religious leaders in offering hope and support, as well as counsel and solace, to all those suffering."
The Holy Father reflected that the tragedy "shows how people of different beliefs can cooperate with one another for the good of the human person."
The Bishop of Rome concluded the message with a "pledge of goodwill and friendship," and invoking divine blessings upon all the participants.
Comment by J Vennari:
The new ecumenical orientation, such as manifested in the "Spirit of Assisi" threatens the salvation of countless souls, as it effectively tells non-Catholics to remain in the darkness of their false religions. It also threatens to bring with it a great chastisement.
In the early 20th Century, the eminent European churchman Cardinal Mercier, citing the consistent teaching of the Popes, stated the First World War was actually a punishment for the crime of nations placing the one True Religion on the same level as false creeds (as does the "Spirit of Assisi"). Cardinal Mercier said in his 1918 Pastoral titled "The Lesson of Events":
"In the name of the Gospel, and in the light of the Encyclicals of the last four Popes, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius X, I do not hesitate to affirm that this indifference to religions which puts on the same level the religion of divine origin and the religions invented by men in order to include them in the same scepticism is the blasphemy which calls down chastisement on society far more than the sins of individuals and families."
The "Spirit of Assisi" also gives visual expression to the central error of our time: that any religion is good enough for salvation. The world sees the Pope of the Catholic Church, as well as Catholic bishops and clergy, placing the one true Church established by Christ on the same base level as counterfeit religions. This cannot help but foster the religious indifferentism vigorously condemned by the Popes prior to Vatican II. In the face of this affront to the true Faith, Catholics must not be complacent, but must publicly and ceaselessly resist.
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