For all the gods of the Gentiles are devils: but the Lord made the heavens. Psalm 95:5
Time once again for the annual "ecumenical prayer service" at my cathedral parish, allegedly to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I went to this once, years ago, because I was in the cathedral choir and the cathedral choir was supplying the music. The tip-off as to the character of this event came when the Blessed Sacrament was taken out of the tabernacle, and the sanctuary lamp was extinguished. Anything short of legitimate building repairs or natural disasters that requires Jesus to be evicted from His House should not be happening.
The service opened with a procession of representatives of various religions, including various eastern religions with their ceremonial devices. A Mormon bishop read something out of either King James or the Book of Mormon, I can't recall which. A Presbyterian minister gave a sermon. There was a Hindu or maybe Buddhist ceremony of some sort. Catholic clergy were involved. God forgive them for sanctioning all this. God forgive me for not walking out.
The Catholic Church is the one true Church, and the Catholic religion is the only true religion. We are commissioned to go out and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We do not accomplish this by treading underfoot the binding doctrines of the Catholic Church, which include the foregoing and also the Ten Commandments, starting with: I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt have no strange gods before Me. That is exactly what we are doing by permitting the worship of strange gods (i.e., devils) inside a Catholic cathedral, thereby (a) breaking the first Commandment; (b) presenting Catholicism as just one among many perfectly legitimate options for religion; (c) confirming those outside the Church in their errors; and (d) planting the seeds of error in those who are inside the Church. There was a time, still within living memory, when a service like this would have been regarded as a sacrilege beyond all doubt. This is objectively serious sin; it has been going on for years; and it is all done with the blessing of bishops, priests and deacons.
"Ecumenism" that requires the betrayal of the Catholic faith and generations of Catholic martyrs is false. The early Christians looked upon paganism with loathing and disgust as the worship of devils, and loved pagans so much that they strove might and main to deliver them from the bondage of these devils. Our ancestors in the Faith preferred to be robbed, looted, separated from their families, stabbed, beaten, crucified, beheaded, burned alive, mutilated, tortured, and eaten by lions rather than offer the smallest pinch of incense to idols or repudiate the least Catholic doctrine. We, on the other hand, must find the true Faith loathsome and disgusting, since we can abide with equanimity the trampling of our doctrines and the abuse of our hallowed places. And we must also hate and despise pagans, since we not only decline to preach the Gospel to them, but even invite them to perform their rites inside our very sanctuaries.
How far we have fallen, and no wonder that, even in America, we are being turned over to the hands of our enemies.