Creating Culture

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by Benjamin Starnes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 15, 2021   

The civilizing effect of Catholicism

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It's been two years since the pagan Amazon Synod in 2019, but Wednesday's Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha gives the opportunity to examine lingering damage, such as the recent diabolical Pachamama eucharistic monstrance that was used this month.

Kateri was an Algonquin Indian born in the 1600s who converted to Catholicism through the influence of three Jesuit missionaries in her village. After converting, she eventually undertook a trek of 200 miles to live her Catholic faith in a more supportive community and died peacefully after a life of prayer and penance.

The zeal that brought those three Jesuit missionaries to North America was grounded in an unshakeable belief in Catholic doctrine concerning the reality of Original Sin, baptism, Heaven and Hell. They were convinced, as instructed by the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Church Fathers, of the necessity of the sacrament of baptism to cleanse a human being of Original Sin and thus gain the possibility of eternal life.

One of the Jesuit martyrs was Fr. John de Brébeuf. After baptizing a dying Indian child, he rejoiced: "For this one single occasion I would travel all the way from France; I would cross the great ocean to win one little soul for Our Lord!"

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But if the Jesuit missionaries of the 1600s were willing to die rather than deny an indigenous baby the sacrament of baptism, it seems some of today's missionaries would rather die than baptize an indigenous baby.

Bishop Erwin Kräutler, hand-picked by Pope Francis to act as an advisor to the Amazon Synod, spent decades as a "missionary" in Brazil. He boasted in 2019, "I have not yet baptized any Indian, and I will not."

The zeal that brought those three Jesuit missionaries to North America was grounded in an unshakeable belief in Catholic doctrine concerning the reality of Original Sin, baptism, Heaven and Hell.

What a contrast! The spirit of Christ versus the spirit of the world, and both operate under the same name of "Catholic" and "missionary." What a striking difference between men who rejoice in saving souls from Hell compared to those who rejoice in sending souls to Hell. Christ's servants and Satan's servants both use the same term "Catholic," both operate under the same term "missionary," and they can both dress using the same clerical garb.

The zealous evangelism of the Jesuit North American Martyrs, compared to Kräutler's conceited refusal to baptize pagans, is a firm reminder that Catholicism does not change, but Catholic ministers do, and that loyalty ought to lie primarily with Catholicism and not her ministers.

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