7. Jun, 2019

Don Nicola Bux on the new Tower of Babel and the Synodality "which can destroy"


The well-known theologian and Vatican liturgist Msgr. Nicola Bux, who under his pontificate one of Benedict XVI. esteemed counselor of the Congregation of Consecration and previously under Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was already the Congregation for the Faith, spoke in a recent interview on dangers in the Catholic Church from protestant tendencies over the synodality to the Tower of Babel and about the solution to the crisis of church and world come out. The interview was conducted by Michele M. Ippolito of the Fede Quotidiana .

Question: In an interview with the Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Müller attacked the chairman of the Italian EpiscopalConference and the spin doctor Antonio Spadaro. What do you think?

Don Nicola Bux: The disease that has befallen the Italian Church is called the Crisis of Faith, and the therapy for it is the return to God and the observance of His Will, as the Scriptures all teach us. That's one of the comments on the abuse crisis by Benedict XVI. that were published last April 11th. "In fact, the church today is widely regarded as just a kind of political apparatus. They talk about them practically almost exclusively in political categories ... But a self-made church can not be a hope. "Therefore, the collapse of faith has made the church fragile and prone to ideologies and worldly habits. You may prefer not to speak of God because it seems to have no practical use. A simple woman who works in a parish of the Mugello said to a priest: "They are a lot of world and little priest". Never a word about sin, grace and eternal life to explain what is going wrong in the world and to show man the solution.
It seems to me that the Pope's interview with a Mexican TV station finds that everything revolves around "promoting the integral development of man" in this world. The great absent are the soul and the hereafter. Was not the Church of Our Lord sent out in the first place to baptize all peoples with all that precedes and follows from this sacrament? Can it exist without a holistic development of man? What strikes the most when you hear sermons and verbal messages from bishops is that they do not speak like bishops. If they do not speak like bishops, the believers who notice it no longer listen to them. What is meant by how bishops speak? St. Paul gives an example: "Therefore, sin should no longer dominate your mortal body, and ye shall not obey his desires "(Romans 6:12); and when Titus announces saving grace: Jesus Christ. It is grace and sin that make man think: I have to live in this world by loving God and fear His judgment, especially after death.

Question: On Stilum Curiae [of the Vaticanist Marco Tosatti], a Bologna lawyer called for the resignation of Cardinal Bassetti from the Italian Bishops' Conference, because he interfered too much in politics. What do you think?

Don Nicola Bux: "What must we do?" Asks Benedict XVI. "Do we have to create another church to make things right? Well, this experiment has already been made and already failed. "And yet the bishops foolishly follow Protestantism, or the synodality that, as the Orientals know only too well, can paralyze and destroy the Church. If the bishops were to focus more on the sin that crushes and on the grace that saves, it would not be so banal, typical of politics, a field where they are more than inexperienced. "The idea of ​​a church that has been bettered by ourselves is actually a proposal of the devil, with which he wants to dissuade us from the living God by a lying logic, to which we fall too easily," says Benedict XVI. Since 1968, the key to understanding our era has been to overcome all boundaries. This is also spreading among the shepherds of the Church. "A first task, which must follow from the moral shocks of our time, is that we ourselves start again to live from God and on him," said Benedict XVI. That is the reason for the love for one's neighbor, who, as St. Thomas teaches us, is the one close to us: for an Italian, this is first and foremost a poor Italian. Otherwise, the impression arises to make politics. I agree with Stefano Fontana that bishops should first learn from the [EU] elections, that they should know and fully teach the church social doctrine. Another lesson you should learn is to teach clear content and to hierarchize them according to their meaning. Developing democracy in Europe is less important than defending life and the family. The truth of God, man, and the world is the non-negotiable principle of order and common good. This is our way of knowing, loving and serving God. We need to gather, though there should be few to enliven and preserve the transmission of this fire, and to make its transmission possible.

Question: On various sides, especially in the last weeks before the EU elections, charges against the church have been made to over-politicize rather than campaign for the dissemination of the faith.

Don Nicola Bux: It is hard to see shepherds worrying about issues that have nothing to do with their mission. The migrants? They can take care of it, but only if they thereby fulfill their mission received from Christ to evangelise them. The ecology? They can take care of it, but only if they announce that God is the Creator of the earth and certainly will not let them die. The corruption? They can fight it, but only by preaching conversion, not merely observing the law. Christ died between two robbers!
One speaks and writes about these things, but one does not proclaim Christ, the only one who gives meaning to life, and who gives us the grace to live in abundance. The answer to all the perversions that characterize this modern age is not the mourning of this condition, but the proclamation of Jesus Christ. If I am what I am, it is only thanks to the encounter with the Jesus, visible and living in those who have testified to Him. What interests me without this hug the migrant and the environment. St. Gregory Nazianz asked himself, "What is the difference between an animal and me? No: we are born like animals, grow up like them, we eat, they too, we suffer, they too, and in the end we die, as they do. "If I were not yours, my Christ, I would be a finite creature. "Therefore, in a de-Christianized world without Jesus, without God, the defense of" values ​​"is meaningless, since they stem from the encounter with Christ. Dostoyevsky said: If God does not exist, everything is allowed. There is no ethics, no ontology, no real values ​​without Christ. They would all be like Christmas tree decorations without a Christmas tree. And today, as Fr. Giussani said, "the Church is ashamed for Christ."

Question: How do you assess the outcome of the EU elections?

Don Nicola Bux: Galli della Loggia wrote that Catholics voted against the calls for anti-fascism and migrationism. Although I am not an expert in electoral analysis and electoral power shifts, it is reasonable to assume that many Catholics have elected parties in which they have recognized key principles of the Catholic tradition. There are also Catholics, albeit in smaller numbers, who have elected parties in which these principles are not present. They did it because they are confused, or because they think that these principles are no longer values. Incidentally, after decades without true catechesis, we can ask St. Paul: "How are you to believe in those of whom you have heard nothing? How are they to hear when no one preaches? "(Romans 10:14). Are the shepherds still convinced to be shepherds, if they do not give man the food they have to give him, namely Jesus Christ, way, truth and life? The Church had a tremendous moral authority in the founding years of the European Communities because of the great value of its teaching, which was not a philosophical system ... up to John Paul II, who made Cyril and Methodius the patron saints of Europe, then also Birgitta, Catherine and Teresia from the Cross, and already Paul VI. with St. Benedict. Not any longer longer. A Catholic no longer feels support when he hears shepherds say, "Agreed in the matter, but not in the way," or, "One should not pray for oneself." Is not the Psalms praying for one's own needs? However, people want to identify with those who entrust themselves to the Blessed Mother and the cartridges, which are called "fathers", who protect the polis, the city of men, and thus politics. Or do the shepherds believe that Western society is a society in which God is absent in public space, and that He has nothing to say? Today, Europe is even fighting Christian identity and spreading relativism, secularism, indifferentism, philo-Islamism, pacifism and other deadly drugs. That threatens Europe and makes it lose its soul. Multiculturalism should not be confused with universal love: "Love is not self-denial. It is to offer the other the best of oneself and what one is. The best that Europe has to offer to the world is its identity, its civilization deeply imbued with Christianity "(Robert Sarah in his new book).Le soir approche e déjà le jour baisse ", Fayard, Paris 2019). Without the same faith, cultural and historical differences can not be overcome, let alone national egoism.

Question: We have just passed Mary's month and are still in Muslim Ramadan. On the one hand, how do you judge Salvini's initiative to entrust Italy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the consecration of Brazil to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in which President Bolsonaro took part, on the other hand the attempt of certain "Catholic" circles, the devotion to Mary in the month of May, "ecumenically" superimpose Islamic fasting?

Don Nicola Bux: A reminder by Jean Daniélou SJ reads: "All attempts at an internationalism based on science or the 'religion of humanity' are directed by the judgment that God made over Babylon because they carry the character of an idol worship. They signify a rejection of the conditions through which God has placed him. They are an effort to build on their own again a unity that can only come from God. They only lead to uprooting and destruction "(Essai sur le mystère de l'histoire, 1953). The philosopher Guido Vignelli wrote: The model of today's globalism is the Tower of Babel, driven by the UN and the EU. The purpose is to establish a reign that is not based on obedience to Divine Law, as was the case in Noah's covenant,universal brotherhood ".
Babel was the first attempt to build a new world order by creating a multiethnic, multicultural and multi-religious society based on consensus on ideology and secular legislation. It was an attack against the heavens and an attempt to retrieve the supernatural powers lost through original sin to create a new, earthly paradise. The inhabitants of Babel did not wish for God to come down to them but wanted to ascend to Him. They did not hope to be saved by the incarnation of God, but wanted to save themselves by self-elevation to the level of God, probably by recourse to magical arts and demonic influences. This repeated the sin of the pride of our ancestors, an omnipotence, and God intervened to make the godless project fail. He confused mind and tongue, so that the owners of the tower did not understand each other anymore. It created opposites and divisions that paralyzed the construction and eventually ruined the whole city. This political construction provoked incomprehension, mistrust, hate and envy, which are still the cause of all human conflict. From then on until Pentecost, mankind was no longer able to come together for such a common work, because: "Unless the Lord builds the house, everyone will labor in vain to build it" (Ps 127: 1). Babel wanted people not to fraternize in truth and love, but to enslave them in error and in injustice. On earth, a paradise should be built but that should become a hell This attempt was repeated several times over the centuries (see Dan 2: 31-43), but failed every time because the religious and moral foundations were missing. Just think of the catastrophic projects of the utopian, political movements of recent history.

Question: What can one do to truly convert to Christ?

Don Nicola Bux: "So, when we think about what to do, it becomes clear that we do not need another church devised by us," says Benedict XVI. "What is needed is the renewal of faith in the gifted reality of Jesus Christ in the sacrament." This has been forgotten, even fought, as shown by disinformation, abuse and crimes against the sacraments and the liturgy. By breaking the liturgy, which is by nature the work of redemption of man and the perfect glorification of God through the exercise of the priesthood of Jesus Christ (see Sacrosanctum Concilium, Nos. 5 and 7), a large part of the church is in crisis. Only a living church that places God and not man at the center of the liturgy - that is why it is sacred - is a help to the world in the fight against sin. The solution to the crisis of the Church, and consequently of the world, is to proclaim Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of man, the center of the cosmos and history, as John Paul II said in 1978. This is done through evangelization and through the sacraments, without which no moral life can arise.

Related: What is ‘synodality’? Experts explain https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-is-synodality-experts-explain-60147