Gloria TV has a wonderful quip: “We used to pray for the intentions of the Pope and the conversion of Russia. Now we pray for the intentions of Russia and the conversion of the Pope”.
The “Vatican gone mad” part isn’t bad, either…
Crude reached $50 per barrel again. Forecasts now are that on average oil prices are not going to sink from this level for the next 18 months or so. Forecasts are often wrong, but this is encouraging.
There is only one Christian power remained on the planet, and high oil prices are very good for it. Russia can now prosper with a crude oil price of $30 a barrel; the Country has no foreign debt, and an estimated $500 Billion in bullion and strong currencies in the coffers of Russia's Central Bank. Crude at $50/barrel means a bonanza. More money for infrastructure, better paid and less corrupt civil servants, massive investments in strategic sectors of the economy. More money for churches. But most importantly, the consolidation in power of Vladimir Putin, and an assured role if not among the superpowers, certainly among the regional powers.
Be glad next time you pay more at the oil pump. You are contributing to the success of the Last Christian Power.
I do not know of any pre-1989 Western Democracy where Christianity is not rapidly declining and unChristian or antiChristian legislation is not on the march. I do not know of any pre-1989 Western Democracy where democracy itself is not being used to damage or destroy Christianity.
Let us now turn our attention to the Country those very same pre-1989 Democracies loves most to hate, and whose oh so unEuropean ruler attracts the secretly excited rage of overweight feminists and males thinking they are females trapped in a male's body: Putin.
Putin has been supporting the local Church (a Schismatic church, granted; but Christian nevertheless) from the start of his activity as President. This is both a cultural and a political operation as it is a religious one, but this does not make it one iota less good. The mingling of religious and political power, the emphatic non-separation between church and state, has been for many centuries a very distinguishing trait of Czarist Russia. This happened to a degree unknown to us for the last several centuries. Few people know that the Kremlin in Moscow was the seat of the highest religious as well as the highest political authority. This wasn't a coincidence, and it indicated that the one does not go without the other. May it be that this collaboration led at times to the wrong results (it's a schismatic church anyway), it can't be denied that it was at the root of the traditionally very deeply felt religiosity of the Russian people before the end of the Czarist regime.
Intelligently, Mr Putin has recovered this tradition. It is obvious that a lot of money and energy has been invested by the Russian government to not only tolerate or not obstacolate, but to positively promote the re-Christianisation of Russia after 70 years of Bolshevist rape. Whilst this is a task that will need more than one or two generations, it can't be denied it is proceeding at very good speed and with excellent results.
Now a trebling of St Petersburg's churches is proposed. I do not know any Western European (pre-1989) Democracy where such requests are made. Do you?
Nor can you say that Christianity is a pure instrument of power for Putin. Once built, a Christian mentality cannot be undone via ukase. Not even Stalin managed to destroy it completely, and Putin isn't Stalin. No, when Putin pushes for a Christian country, he knows that these very Christians will turn on him if he betrays Christianity. The deal is very clear, and very Russian. Christianity is not only a pillar of whatever autocracy Russia now has. It is, at the same time, the price this however accomplished autocracy has to pay, and this will become more and more so as the decades pass, the old Bolsheviks die, and a new Russia slowly emerges.
Please also note the paradox: the once Christian Democracies yell without cease at a Country where Christianity is actively promoted, and bash it without end for its being… Christian, which is now generally expressed with the word “homophobic”.
The West has forsaken Christianity and has now embraced new gods: democracy and sexual perversion. Putin has a very Russian understanding of the first, and a very Christian attitude towards the second. Strangely enough, Putin's understanding of democracy seems extremely liked by the Russian people, and they are being extremely responsive in embracing Christianity too, at least at a superficial level of Christian mores and understanding of moral boundaries. In short, their model works and it is largely accepted. Ours does not work and it is largely despised.
We sell our churches. They might (in places) treble theirs. We become a bunch of heathen. They become (slowly, but at a beautiful pace) more and more Christian. We hate and despise our politicians, and do not trust a word of what they say. They support and admire their own leader in a way unknown in Europe or the U.S., and like him the more when he asks them to suffer more deprivation for the sake of the Fatherland.
And we criticise the Russian government and people, and tell them that they are not good enough, because they do not conform to the gold standard of worship of democracy and sexual perversion as we, the ungodly worshippers of democracy, understand it.
More churches in Russia, say I. With God's help, one day the Orthodox will go back to the fold, and it will be all hay of the Only Church. As it stands, the Russian Orthodox are creating an impressive bastion against the satanisation of pretty much everything which our oh so accomplished, utterly satanical democracies want to achieve.
Give me one Putin and I will give you Merkel, two Renzis and three Hollandes; and to add some real value I will throw in Van Persie, half Messi and Pogba on loan for two years. *
* you don't get this? Ahiahiahi!!….
This article gives you, together with some Orthodox triumphalism probably exaggerated, some interesting snippets about the reality of our times: as in Russia 25,000 churches are restored or newly built in 25 years, the US Government is investigating whether the participation of US pro-lifers in their private capacity to a pro-life, pro-family event is in violation of the sanctions against Russia.
And truly, it seems difficult to deny that Russia is the only Western Country where Christianity is still officially written large, and most certainly the only Western Country whose leader actively promotes it rather than trying to destroy it.
This is the more notable, as Putin is still dealing with a deeply secularised country – hence the exaggerated enthusiasm of the Orthodox -; a country that seems to accept, more than approve, Putin's more and more obvious Christian stance. Another leader would acquiesce to the opinion of the vast majority, and promote abortion and godlessness as in Soviet times. Not Putin. Putin actively goes against the grain of his own people, and tries to help the rebirth of a real Christian nation as much as he can and, very clearly, as fast as he thinks prudent. I go as far as to say that I have the feeling if he felt his grasp on the country is strong enough, he would move decisively and ban abortion altogether. Not something he would survive today, I think; not in 2014, and probably not in 2024, either.
This leads us to another paradox: pro-life movements gain traction in North America and Western Europe, but are still systematically opposed by the ruling political classes; at the same time they seem to me very feeble in Russia (I say this based on anecdotical evidence only), but over there they have a rather strong champion at the top.
Armchair generals and Sunday afternoon geopolitical experts will now, no doubt, lament the fact that Putin has not (yet) banned abortion. But again, he has not come to be the leader of his Country – and a boon for Christianity with that – by being an armchair general and Sunday afternoon geopolitical expert.
I have little doubt that his Christian feelings are sincere: firstly because they are clearly countercultural among his own people, and secondly because the phenomenon that seems at play here (the death of a beloved, devout Christian as trigger of a Christian conversion) is well-known and not at all infrequent. Mussolini (apologies: Il Duce) followed the same path.
As we pray for the conversion of Russia, we should pray that this intelligent, perceptive man may embrace his Christian values more and more as he gets older, and slowly guide his Country, almost mortally wounded by Communism, to a recovery of, at least, its old Christian tradition.
Long live Vladimir Putin. May he grow in wisdom and power *, and show to the West the error of its ways.
* No, democracy is not my religion. Christianity is.
Russian members of Parliament have asked the Russian Foreign office to examine the recent Belgian Nazi Law about Euthanasia in order to see whether a ban on adoption of Russian children by Belgian parents might be in order.
It makes sense. It is infinitely better to be an orphan anywhere on the planet, than the child of adopting parents who might suggest to him that he terminates himself, do not prevent him from doing so, or simply “support” him in his decision to commit suicide because hey, they are good Nazi parents. “At some point – the parents might say to the terminally ill child – it’s time to go into the oven”.
As pointed out already, as it stands the child would have to be terminally ill; but the tendency we have seen by divorce and abortion and, in Belgium itself, by euthanasia point out to a rapid metastasis of the cancer; this, without considering the simple fact that there can be no justification whatsoever for euthanasia even in case of terminal illness.
So, a Russian baby girl might be given in adoption to “enlightened” (ha!) Belgian parents who, in a couple of years’ time, might pave the way for her termination; because hey, she’s ill. Actually, in a couple of years’ time she might not even have to be ill; merely willing to die.
Looks like a fiction movie.
It’s XXI Century Belgium.
The Nazis are among us.
Thankfully, the Russian Government appears on the brink of banning international adoption of Russian children from so-called gay couples not only towards the US (this has already happened in January) but worldwide.
In a world drunk on emotionalism and feel-good rubbish, oblivious of the very basics of Christianity, it is beautiful to see there are Countries willing to protect these basic principles.
Please also note that the upcoming ban extends the already existent prohibition concerning co-habiting perverts in the US following the recent French “developments” in the matter. Therefore, those who have dismissed the ban on US perverts as a purely politically motivated measure against the United States will have some difficulties in reconciling their views with the now proposed measures.
Besides, it is very salutary that a bunch of Western Countries are told, for all the world to see, that they have strayed from Christianity to such an extent that they are seen as potential menace for children from Christian countries.
I am eagerly awaiting for the Pontiff's hard statement on so-called “gay lifestyle” in general and adoption from perverts in particular. Being so keenly aware of the need to protect the weak, the Pontiff is certainly appalled at the trend, all over the Western Europe, for delivering defenceless children to the perverted influence of militant deviants. I also notice the Pontiff made very clear poverty is also to be considered as spiritual poverty – in fact, a more dangerous threat to one's salvation than material poverty -. Consequently, I am sure he will consider there can be no direst spiritual poverty, and no bigger threat to one's salvation, than being raised by perverts.
It is ironic, but at the same time indicative of the ways of the Lord (whose sense of humour must be absolutely divine) that the Western countries where Christianity is more keenly felt are the ex communist one. Poland, Hungary, and Russia seem to be at the head of the movement.
The latest noises from Russia are a further confirmation of this, with the local government indicating a ban on adoption of Russian children to France and England is on its way because of the so-called same-sex marriage legislation in the planning.
Now, the Russian officials are clearly wrong in that such an abomination as the adoption of a poor child from a couple of perverts can be obtained, at least in England, even before the other abomination of a mock marriage. Such a ban should, therefore, be enforced immediately.
Still, one can forgive Russian officials for being unaware of all the kinds of monstrous perversity not only allowed, but “celebrated” in this once great country.
Kudos to the Russian government. I hope they implement the measure fast, and say very loudly why.
A lesson in Christianity can’t be wrong, and might sway the one or the other even among an utter godless generation.
At the excellent Lux Occulta blog, Shane reports statistics about the resurgence of the Orthodox church in Russia.
These are strange statistics I must say, and they are Russian anyway so you should take them with three pinches of salt. Still, the growing number of Russians abandoning, or being tempted to abandon, a purely secular view of life is a reality not even Russian statistics could entirely conceal.
Shane makes an interesting parallelism, comparing the dismal state of Catholicism in Western Europe with the robust growth of Orthodoxy in Russia.
Personally, I see the difference as follows:
1) There’s nothing so bound to lead one to Christ, as an appetizer of Communism. The Russians had much more than an appetizer, and it is therefore not entirely surprising the local church would profit from this. In contrast, Western Europe allows itself the luxury of criticising Christian values without having had (yet) a full mouthful of what they will have to eat when they have abandoned them.
2) Catholicism is Europe is, in my eyes, still reasonably healthy notwithstanding the continuous work of sabotage of the clergy n the last fifty years. In fact, if one considers the above mentioned work of sabotage, one must conclude the resilience of Catholicism is no less than astonishing. It is a kind of “Catholicism without the priest” (who many do not see anymore as a “catholic” figure, rather like a pathetic old man desperately trying to be liked) which, whilst severely damaged, still maintains many of the traits of the faith of our fathers, at least in their broad outlines.
In the traditionally Catholic parts of Europe, priests have almost completely stopped to defend Catholicism and to instruct the faithful, limiting themselves to vague blabbering about peace and luv instead; But the work of their predecessors was so robust, that a strong cultural sediment still remains, and allows Catholicism to go on, if in seriously damaged conditions.
It goes without saying this cannot go on forever, and it has now become imperative the clergy start making their job again. I trust in traditionally Catholic Europe this will gradually happen in the decades to come, and we will not need to taste Communism, or too much of the Nazi Liberal ideology, before this happens.
As to the other countries, I am less confident. If you take an Italian and an English non-churchgoer, the first thing you notice is the former is so much more Catholic in his outlook, though he will probably not even be conscious of it as he can’t even conceive how un-Catholic the latter is. In the fist case, there is a fertile soil which only waits to be tilled. In the second case, a much harder work will be required.
Fatima and Sacro Vergente Anno: Pius XII’s Consecration of “The Peoples Of Russia” to the Blessed Virgin
It is well-known that among the requests of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima was the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.
Less well-known is the fact that Pope Pius XII, Pastor Angelicus, also known as “The Pope of Fatima” for his relentless support to the apparitions, did consecrate “all the peoples of Russia” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1950.
I am informed that this consecration is widely believed to be somewhat short of the Blessed Virgin’s request, though in all honesty it is not clear to me why it should. It is, though, evident from Sacro Vergente Anno and from further Vatican documents that the great Pope, Venerable Pius XII, had to take care of political considerations in the way he responded to the Blessed Virgin’s request. Therefore, during the “hottest” phase of the Cold War he had limited himself to consecrate to the Blessed Virgin the peoples of all world (not wishing the potential political repercussions of a more direct action); whilst in the comparatively calmer 1952 he felt the moment come to the consecration to the Blessed Virgin of the peoples of Russia so that their freedom (and the freedom of the Church) may be achieved.
I will publish below the relevant part of Sacro Vergente Anno, in the elaborate but extremely elegant Italian in use when people had a somewhat longer attention span and could read longer sentences without becoming dizzy. Following the original text I will write a personal attempt at translation.
I am grateful to all those who will send a message with some link pointing to:
1) an official translation of Sacro Vergente Anno or at least of the relevant passage, none of which I could find.
2) the facts as to why the consecration according to the wishes of Mary is widely considered not to have been completely complied with; perhaps it could be because it was a consecration of the peoples of Russia rather than of Russia itself, though this seems rather a quaestio de lana caprina to me.
In the meantime, enjoy another spectacular example of the work of a truly spectacular Pope.
Noi, pertanto, affinché più facilmente le Nostre e le vostre preghiere siano esaudite, e per darvi un singolare attestato della Nostra particolare benevolenza, come pochi anni fa abbiamo consacrato tutto il mondo al Cuore immacolato della vergine Madre di Dio, così ora, in modo specialissimo, consacriamo tutti i popoli della Russia al medesimo Cuore immacolato, nella sicura fiducia che col potentissimo patrocinio di Maria vergine quanto prima si avverino felicemente i voti, che Noi, che voi, che tutti i buoni formano per una vera pace, per una fraterna concordia e per la dovuta libertà a tutti e in primo luogo alla chiesa; in maniera che, mediante la preghiera che Noi innalziamo insieme con voi e con tutti i cristiani, il regno salvifico di Cristo, che è «regno di verità e di vita, regno di santità e di grazia, regno di giustizia, di amore e di pace»,(8) in ogni parte della terra trionfi e si consolidi stabilmente.
And therefore we, in order that Our and your prayers may be more easily answered, and in order to give you a special attestation of our benevolence, in the same way as a few years ago We consecrated the entire world to the immaculate Heart of the virgin Mother of God, so now, in a very special way, consecrate all peoples of Russia to the very same immaculate Heart, in the safe confidence that with the extremely powerful protection of the virgin Mary the wishes expressed by Us, by you and by every good person for a true peace for fraternal concord and due freedom for everyone and for the Church in the first place, may be answered as soon as possible; in such a manner that, through the prayer that We send up to Heaven together with you and all Christians, the reign of Christ, harbinger of salvation, which is “kingdom of truth and life, kingdom of sainthood and grace, kingdom of justice, of love and of peace”, may triumph and steadily consolidate itself everywhere on earth”