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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

IN THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS: Florida Church to Host Interfaith Ramadan Dinner

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IN THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS: Florida Church to Host Interfaith Ramadan Dinner

On May 19—and in the spirit of Pope Francis—St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, Florida, will host an interfaith Ramadan dinner.

Why? Because, as is explained on St. Margaret Mary's website (which includes the graphic below), they seek to follow the example set by Pope Francis: 


In a spirit of dialogue and peace, St. Margaret Mary will host an interfaith dinner during Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, and closeness to God, family, and community. An Iftar is a meal that breaks this fast after sunset.  This event is hosted in collaboration with The Atlantic Institute of Central Florida and is open to all who are interested, regardless of faith. We will share a meal of traditional Turkish Cuisine. RSVP on St. Margaret Mary's website.

image3 300x200Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of AL-Azhar, met in February 2019 to pen a joint statement on world peace and living together in which they jointly “declare the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path...” They conclude with the aspiration that their declaration “may constitute an invitation to reconciliation and fraternity among all believers, indeed among believers and non-believers, and among all people of good will…”  

The confusion being fostered by Pope Francis is here on full display. While hosting Ramadan dinners for Muslims—without so much as a hint that Muslims need Jesus Christ in order to be saved, or that it is incumbent upon all Catholics to work for their conversion--St. Margaret Mary is dutifully carrying out the orders of Pope Francis while, at the same time, working hard to undermine the anti-New World Order agenda of one of the most pro-life presidents in the world. This item is lifted straight from the pages of same church bulletin down in Winter Park:

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Gone are the old days and old ways when authentic Catholic action was based on the teaching of popes who understood that Christ was quite serious when He said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me," and who infallibly taught that there is only one true Church founded by Jesus Christ outside of which there is no salvation. 

Imagine what Pope Pius XI, for example, would think of the example set by Pope Francis, encouraging “interfaith” Ramadan dinners hosted by Catholic priests:

Certainly such attempts [at unity through interfaith celebrations] can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little, turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion. - Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Mortalium Animos

What would St. Paul--the great Apostle to the Gentiles--think of Catholic priests hosting ritual dinners for those who formally deny the Divinity of Jesus Christ?

In fact, this question was recently answered by Bishop Athanasius Schneider:

“There can be no doubt, that Saint Paul would say today, concerning this controversial formulation in the Abu Dhabi statement: ‘But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema’ (Galatians 1:8–9).”

According to Bishop Schneider, with this same joint statement -- entitled Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” and co-signed by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad el-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019 -- “there is being proclaimed a new Gospel, a Gospel that is not the one taught by the Incarnate Word of God, that was loyally preached by the Apostles and passed on to the Church.”

All Catholics—especially those hailing from St. Margaret Mary in Florida—would do well to read and carefully consider what Bishop Athanasius Schneider is saying about the Abu Dhabi statement. After having approached Pope Francis in person and for the specific purpose of gaining clarification, Bishop Schneider called on the Pope to formally correct the serious error found therein.  Catholics have a duty to read and understand why.  

Bottom line is this: With the help of Francis, the Church of Accompaniment is now reducing modern Catholics to water carriers for globalists agitating for a borderless society on the one hand, while hosting Ramadan dinners on the other---dinners held, by the way, in Catholic churches named after the great saints and martyrs of holy Christendom -- in this case, the holy woman Christ Himself selected for the purpose of spreading devotion to His Sacred Heart for peace in the world and the salvation of souls. 

But what did Jesus Christ know about diversity and ecumenical dialogue? He never said a word about either, so focused was He on the Way, the Truth and the Life which bears no resemblance at all to the new and improved version being proposed by Francis and his neo-Protestant Church of Accompaniment. 

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.