Day one of the summit, Feb. 21, was the feast day of St. Peter Damian, a Doctor of the Church who fought against rampant homosexuality in the Church here in Rome almost 1,000 years ago.
Feb. 21 was also the 171st anniversary of the publishing of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto.
The convergence of these two anniversaries provides a jumping off point to talk about the convergence of these two themes here in Rome — homosexuality and communism.
For the record, though communism and socialism have some different approaches to economic philosophy, from a Catholic perspective, these ideologies are essentially the same. Where they slightly diverge from each other economically and politically, they are twins in their relationship to Catholicism.
Each derides religion in general and Catholicism specifically. The Church has, in fact, returned the favor, condemning both systems for their hatred of God and mutual destruction of man and His essential identity. Likewise, homosexuality, when accepted, also carries with it a hatred for God and destruction of man and his essential identity.
So it is beyond curious — in fact, it's downright disturbing — that these two evils are experiencing a rehabilitation in Rome these days. For example, Abp. Charles Scicluna made a devastating comment yesterday in response to a reporter's question denying any essential differences between heterosexuality and homosexuality.
Responding to the inquiry why the word homosexuality has not appeared anywhere in the summit's official documents, here was his answer: "These are human conditions (heterosexuality and homosexuality) that we recognize, that exist. But they aren't something that really predisposes to sin."
Why is the archbishop denying Church teaching in this matter? In case he hasn't brushed up on the catechism lately, which he should, it says that homosexual inclination is objectively disordered.
But the archbishop speaks as though the natural attraction to marital sex and the disordered attraction to homosexual sex are essentially the same. He is flat-out wrong.
Switching over to the question of communism, an endorsement "in practice" is the new standard as move after move by the Pope and multiple subordinates seeks to restore communism — cleverly discussed as socialism.
Multiple liberation theologians, condemned by Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict, are all of a sudden back in good graces in Rome these days. Liberation theology was little else than Marxist principles with a very thin veneer of Christianity. It was, in fact, imported to South America by the KGB.
Rome's constant support of socialist policies and ambitions, as well as its non-stop refusal to condemn active homosexuality — and even some cardinals' actual support of it — lends much support to the notion that communists and homosexuals have operational control of the Church — temporarily.
The constant bad-mouthing and downplaying of tradition, the near non-stop slamming of capitalism — both approached as bad things from the past that must be eradicated is a disturbing trend because they are being presented as Church teaching.
If McCarrick was, in fact, a Communist agent in the Church — as evidence Church Militant uncovered strongly implies — he would be the perfect example of how these two evils converge in one man.
In a statement that he may not have fully understood the import of himself, Abp. Scicluna said last week that there may be other McCarricks out there.
Given the current dimensions of what's going on, that's almost a guarantee. And what is really a troublesome revelation is that, given the degree of McCarrick's involvement and participation in every level of the Church, that officials here in Rome are perfectly content to let him slip out of the limelight.
McCarrick is the key to everything wrong in the Church these days — from his predatory homosexuality, which brought him down, to his socialist vision of the world, yet no one here in Rome wants that story being looked at.
McCarrick has been sacrificed on the altar of convenience by his fellow travelers to protect themselves from any further scrutiny. And true to form, with him out of the way, they have instantly reverted to their old ways of denying Church teaching and promoting anti-Catholic ideologies.
So it is fitting that yesterday was the day of two important anniversaries — one revolving around homosexuality and the other around communism.
As the saying goes, "The more things change..."
The battle is real. The intensity has ramped up to never-before-imagined levels, and it is no exaggeration to say the fate of the world is in the balance.