Sunday, March 04, 2007

Cardinal: “Rowan Williams is the Antichrist”

Well, not quite, but these might as well be the words of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, former Archbishop of Bologna, who told the Pope: ‘The Antichrist presents himself as pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist’.

In the past, Cranmer was in no doubt as to the identity of the Antichrist, and declared on that fateful day: ‘And as for the pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy and antichrist, with all his false doctrine. And as for the sacrament…’ The speech was curtailed when His Grace was abruptly seized and dragged out to be… well, you know. It is best not spoken of.

While Archbishop Rowan Williams may indeed by averse to war, green, and ecumenically minded, he is no ‘angel of light’ (2Cor 11:14), in the way that Pope John Paul II manifestly was. Even Pope Benedict XVI has transformed his rottweiler tendencies in order to broaden his appeal. But appearances aside, what is interesting is the Vatican’s attack upon ecumenism. Cardinal Biffi said that the Antichrist ‘will convoke an ecumenical council and will seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one. The masses will follow him, with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants.'

Such anti-ecumenism is consistent with Cardinal Ratzinger’s document Dominus Iesus, issued in 2000, which ignored and even negated the progress toward reconciliation that had been made in over 30 years of ecumenical dialogue. For ecclesial communities which are deemed to have not preserved a valid episcopate or Eucharist, the Cardinal declared that such communities ‘are not churches in the proper sense’. The criticism was clearly directed to the Protestant Church of England and the worldwide Angican Communion.

And yet…

Cranmer wishes to point out that while ecumenism has come to be concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions, ecumenical councils throughout history have been exclusively catholic affairs; indeed, oikoumenikos is in many respects synonymous with katholikós - both terms have the sense of ‘known world’, ‘the whole’, or ‘universal’. And if Cardinal Biffi knew anything about Church history, he would know that councils like those convened at Chalcedon or Nicea were precisely to ‘seek the consensus of all the Christian confessions, granting something to each one’. They produced political as well as theological declarations, which have since become fundamental catholic orthodoxy.

Yet Cardinal Biffi prophecies that all will follow the Antichrist ‘with the exception of small groups of Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants’. Could it be that these ‘chosen few’, faced with a common enemy, form an ecumenical alliance to resist the darkness, and the Antichrist succeeds in fulfilling the prayer of Jesus ‘that they may be one’?


Anonymous Ulster Man said...

If the Antichrist is pacifist, green and multi-faith, that might include quite a few politicians.

Seriously, though, the Vatican isn't going out of its way to make friends. It's not only alienating Muslims, it's moving further away for engagement with the Protestants. And that's a good thing!!

4 March 2007 at 13:44  
Anonymous bob said...

With friends like that who'd need enemies?

4 March 2007 at 16:37  
Anonymous billy said...

I cannot understand why it is thought necessary not to alienate muslims, hindus, sikhs, etc.
Christianity is either right or wrong. If it is right then all others are wrong and should be told so. What ever happened to active proselyting?
My own church supports missionaries in Mongolia, Argentina, Romania and Surrey but nobody is telling the locals that they are misguided. We even help them celebrate their 'special' days.

4 March 2007 at 20:06  
Anonymous Veritas said...

When Moses came down from the Mountain he reportedly carried 3 stone tablets....but it was only the unmentioned third that survived and was rendered as The XXXIX Articles which contan all that is necessary for Salvation

5 March 2007 at 07:56  
Anonymous Voyager said...

If the Antichrist is pacifist, green and multi-faith, that might include quite a few politicians..

Politicians are certainly anti-Christian.....far too many, irrespective of party, acknowledge a form of Marxism as their true belief in money and materialism over anything more significant than the here-and-now

5 March 2007 at 07:58  

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