Is there a correlation between the virus that has been assailing two billion people over the past ten months and the pandemic of errors that have infected the world for many decades? In both cases we find ourselves faced with pathogenic agents attacking the social organism. In the first case the aggressor is a virus that attacks bodies and which only the microscope can identify; in the second case we have a germ that is infecting and corrupting souls but whose identity was revealed by Heaven in 1917, when Our Lady of Fatima declared that if mankind did not amend its ways, Russia would spread its errors and wars, revolutions and the annihilation of entire nations would have followed.
The Most Blessed Virgin Mary had before her eyes not only two terrifying world wars and hundreds of millions dead, victims of the Communist and National Socialist totalitarianisms, but also the present health crisis the world is experiencing, with all its political and social ramifications clearly emerging. A perspective – not of social control by a health dictatorship as many think – but on the contrary, of social collapse and even prior to that, of the psychological [collapse] of modern society, which by straying from God, has chosen the path of its own self- dissolution.
This tragic scenario seems irreversible, as in addition to the impenitence of mankind we see the apostasy in the leadership of the Church, who no longer preach about the necessity of prayer, penance and conversion to the One Church of Christ, but proclaim a new, ecological, ecumenical and globalist “Gospel”. How can we avoid the chastisement predicted by Our Lady at Fatima, when we find ourselves having to face churchmen like the new Cardinal, Raniero Cantalamessa, who for years has been obstinately repeating that calamities are never a divine punishment? (Avvenire, April 23, 2011 and recently, Corriere della Sera, April 10, 2020), Deus non irridetur! God is not mocked, warns St. Paul in the letter to the Galatians (6,7).
Cantalamessa, like so many other prelates, is a worthy son of the Second Vatican Council. Yet even those who deny the responsibility of Vatican II, cannot deny the existence of an unprecedented crisis of values, expressed in the loss of the concept of good and evil, in relativism, in the practical atheism under which humanity lives, and who, after ceasing to believe in God, is professing faith in idols like Mother Earth.
The capsizing of principles transmitted by the juridical and social protection conferred to homosexuality is an eloquent and dramatic expression of the ongoing process of moral degradation. Yet, even graver is the approval, or compliance which the highest authorities in the Church seem to manifest for this degeneration in society.
The flock has no religious and political leaders – but in the end – has the pastors it deserves. Indeed protest against religious and public authorities is not sufficient, if one doesn’t begin reforming oneself first of all; one’s way of life, one’s way of thinking, breaking away from every compromise with the modern world where the deep cause of the crisis resides.
The dominant note today seems to be mediocrity, which is the rejection of the greatness and supremacy of the soul, replaced by the pursuit of success and self-interest. The current scandal engulfing the Vatican Secretariat of State, brings to light a vulgar and egotistical way of serving the Church where theological and moral errors find their natural breeding ground.
With good reason then, Ernesto Galli della Loggia, in an article entitled The Vanishing Catholic Church and Italy, in the Corriere della Sera of October 17, 2020, referring to the disastrous management of the Vatican finances, points out “The disappearance of an aristocratic and conservative Catholic Italy whose skills, until a short time ago the Church in various ways used, and who served the Church and the destiny of Catholicism in the spirit of strong ethical commitment and substantial personal disinterest.” “The lack of true competences of an extra-religious nature, and at the same time, the impossibility of counting on the competences of a Catholic civic society now inexistent or remote, condemn, not only the financial management of the Holy See, but more in general, all its relations with “our times” to live perilously, unendingly, on the brink of swindle or illegality, or at best, in the most desolate ineptness.”
On October 30, 1993, at the Pallavicini Palazzo in Rome, an international conference was held on occasion of the publication of Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira’s book Nobiltà ed élites tradizionali analoghe nelle allocuzioni di Pio XII al patriziato e alla nobiltà romana (Marzorati, Milan 1993). Cardinal Alfonso Maria Stickler launched an appeal to the traditional elites for a courageous battle in defense of Christian and human values (Tommaso Monfeli, Cattolici senza compromessi, Fiducia 2019, pp. 137-138). Few responded to the appeal, but the resistance of these few, who continue to fight, indicates the path for the moral rebirth of Italy and Europe: forming the elites of tomorrow. True elites, primarily spiritual, but also political and social; an aristocracy of the soul, the mind and education which holds high the banner of the Catholic Counter-Revolution, while the foundations of society are being shaken from below. This is the path we follow and what we indicate to those who don’t want to be sucked into the vortex of the swamp we have right in front of us.