TROUBLE IN ROME AND THE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
In 2012 Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev stated, “The fact is, the Catholic Church in the West exists today under an information blockade, under a very hard diktat from secular society. In this case we are without questions allies. We can search together for the answer to those challenges which threaten the very existence of Christianity. I call it a “strategic alliance” between Orthodoxy and Catholics, that is the understanding that if there are threats, then they are common threats and if there are challenges, they also are common.” He has (along with Patriarch Kirill) made many such statements in the media and talked openly of “establishing an Orthodox-Catholic alliance in Europe for defending the traditional values of Christianity” whose “primary aim” would be to “restore a Christian soul to Europe,” to fight the secularism and relativism under whose mind-numbing yoke we all suffer in the West. But how is such an alliance to be carried out when the Catholic Church today does not represent one unified body as in times past but is in turmoil with schisms looming on the horizon?
Since the modernist and modernising Second Vatican Council, inaugurated by the liberal and masonic Pope John XXIII the Catholic Church been in precipitous decline. The council resulted in a schism between conservatives, represented by such organisations as the Society of St Pius X, and the post-conciliar Church. Some traditionalists abandoned Rome altogether (sedevacantists) declaring John XXXIII and his successors as anti-popes. But these movements were numerically small when compared to those who remained with the post-concilar church (“obedience” dies hard in Rome). But with the pontificate of Pope Francis I things have changed. His comments, along with his autocratic censoring of traditionalists has been so outlandish as to create a well-spring of resistance which is not vociferous but vast.
I myself once belonged to this conciliar church and I can attest to the fact that the ‘rump’ of Roman Catholics bear the liberal-humanist trajectory of their hierarchs with great pain and anxiety. These hierarchs rarely support the Christian-traditionalist agenda in society, preferring instead to defend Islamic refugees. They rarely proclaim about the relentless attack on traditional values but instead castigate traditional Catholics as “museum-mummies” (to use the words of Pope Francis I). One could write a thesis on the many reasons for this divide but I am sad to say that the overriding cause is not new: cowardly self-interest sits very high on the list. A Roman Catholic prelate (such as Cardinal Burke) who regularly speaks out on such issues is likely to suffer demotion along with a tsunami of hate from the Liberal Elite-controlled Western Media. Of course they should wear such attacks as a ‘badge of honour’, but alas we no longer live in the times of great men.
Where does all this leave the Strategic Alliance between Orthodox (particularly Russian Orthodox) and Catholics? I am not one of those who feels that the meeting of Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis was a worrying development. I believe that the opposite is true. The event was a political rather than religious occasion and served to heighten the status of Moscow (tradition) over Constantinople (modernism). However, Moscow must encourage and speak out to traditional Roman Catholics in way that their own hierarchs refuse to. For example, instead of supporting Brexit, Trump and particularly Le Pen and the Front National, western Catholic hierarchs have condemned them. This is an absolute disgrace and one can rest assured that all members of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X in France will be voting for Le Pen to a man and woman. Traditional Roman Catholics must look to Moscow for supportive and encouraging words, such as those spoken by Metropolitan Hilarion at the last papal conclave, “if you really care about ecumenism, then elect a traditionalist pope!”. Sadly, the opposite happened and the conclave elected the liberal-humanist Bergoglio, but just as the Russian Church has condemned the cowardly abandonment of tradition among Protestants, she must also condemn it in Rome. In the words of Vsevolod Chaplin, “The West has betrayed Christianity and it is now Russia’s job to save it.”