Thank God Rome has started talking again about ‘enemies of the Church’

After nearly fifty years of silence about the threat the Holy See has started to talk again about ‘enemies of the Church.

In his recent intervew with ZENIT the newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith referred to ‘enemies of the Church’. Archbishop Müller said:

‘We are aware that our vocation is to be friends of God and thus discover to what hope, in reality, we are destined. This makes doubts disappear from the heart. Atheists and enemies of the Church should ask themselves, perhaps, with a spirit of self-criticism if they themselves have means of salvation to offer the men of today.’

In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI also referred to the Church’s enemies:

‘there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice.’ May 2010.

Protect the Pope comment: Before the Second Vatican Council the Church spoke openly of the fact that she had enemies, but in the post-conciliar period the Church spoke and behaved as if these enemies no longer existed. The word ‘enemies’ was dropped from the lexicon of the Magisterium. This went hand in hand with a reticence about mentioning the Enemy, the Devil. Not only did the Church drop the Prayer to St. Michael at the end of Mass, but we pretended we didn’t have enemies. Here we have a clear example of the foolishness of the hermeneutic of rupture in the name of the anti-Spirit of Vatican II.

Simply put, in the height of the battle in the 1960′s  the Church dropped her defenses. Spirit of Vatican II commentators say that was when the Church abandoned her ‘fortress Church’ mentality through embracing aggiornamento, and they are right in one thing, the Church should never be a fortress closed off from the world we are called to serve.

Instead of a fortress the Church should be a versatile, highly mobile, adaptable army, that takes the battle to the enemy, the battle against ignorance, the battle against egotistical sin, the battle against godlessness. The one thing a fortress and an army have in common though is they have defence strategies against the enemy. Under Pope Benedict and Archbishop Müller the Church is putting her defences back in place.




9 comments to Thank God Rome has started talking again about ‘enemies of the Church’

  • ms catholic state

    Here is another beautiful quote from Pope Benedict…..”We must have the courage to create islands, oases, and then great stretches of land of Catholic culture where the Creator’s design is lived out.”

    Despite everything, we Catholics can rejoice that the Church is beginning to feel like her old true self again.

  • James Hughes

    Thank you god for that! I am glad that at last the church has somewhat belatedly realised that assassins come with a smile but with intent to do evil . Hopefully the Pope will appoint many more bishops who will stand up and fight for the truth given to us by Christ himself. AMDG

  • spesalvi23

    Hmmm… I do have a feeling that the new Prefect will use strong language more often. He’s known to be rather blunt. Politically correct language hasn’t really been his concern at all – much to the annoyance of many ‘professional catholics’, the protestants, church form below, the extreme wing of the FSSPX, the Austrian disobedience group, etc.

    He’s absolutey right, of course!

    ‘Atheists and enemies of the Church should ask themselves, perhaps, with a spirit of self-criticism if they themselves have means of salvation to offer the men of today.’

    Spot on!!

  • Simon

    I didn’t realise that the prayer to St Michael used to be said at the end of Mass. This is part of my daily prayer and used to recognise and ask for the help of the Holy Spirit in defeating the enemy.
    I particularly like what Pope Benedict asks of the athehist. Absolutely right to ask what answer they have for the modern world.
    With all this so called freedom why is it that people are so unhappy? Why despite all the consumerism are people still searching? The answer can only be found in Christ. Without Christ what answer do we have to our suffering?
    I am very happy at such strong statements. Pray for us St Michael.

  • Sixupman

    But does ++Muller consider, Msgr. Lefebvre to have been, and, SSPX to be, an enemy of Mother Church? He and his German confreres act as if they believe such, whilst their chanceries have lain waste to their churches.

    • spesalvi23

      I’d say that he has nothing in common with the average German Bishop (there are a few exceptions, of course).
      I think he regards the SSPX as dissidents from the extreme right side of the spectrum – I do share the frustration of the fact the many extreme left-wing dissidents are still in good standing, but that’s a differnt story.

      He seems very allergic to all opposition to the magisterium from any direction.

      I assume Archbsp. Müller dislikes their rather condescending and self-righteous tone and their resistance to accepting the outstretched hand of Peter.
      B16 has taken a personal beating for his willingness to bring them back into the fold. It’s clear that he will take furhter abuse IF they eventually come back.
      Let’s see how things will develop. I’m rather tired of the ongoing game of chess.

  • Teresa

    off topic – from today’s online Telegraph

    Britain’s only Green Party Council accused of ‘vilifying’ Christian over gay marriage stance:

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