Newsletter of the District
- February 2000
TEACHINGS OF THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCES
from Eglises d'Asie, September 1999, pp. 26-31
Nov. 7, I999, the Papal Mass in India was marked by a Traditional
Bharatanatyam dance. The Pope officially visited India where
he read the text of his apostolic exhortation "Ecclesia in
Asia" at a ceremony concluding the Asian Synod.
... To be a local church ... a local church lives in a continuous
historical process of inculturation because the Church is a community
of faith in expansion.and that culture itself continues to change
and to evolve..."
by Fr. Couture: This new church is not the Roman Catholic Church.
It rapidly breaks all the ties with Romanity which is a mark of
the true Church. It breaks with
the Roman authority viewed as "Western", replacing it
with the national Bishops' Conference (this is a sophism, identifying
Rome as 'Western' because it is located in Italy! We are not
Italian Catholics. Rome is indeed in Italy but, as the Head
of the Church, it is not Italian - St Peter and many Popes after
him were not Europeans! )
b) Roman language, Latin, replacing it with vernacular in the official
Roman rites of the Sacrament, the Sacrifice of the Mass in particular,
which goes back, in its essential parts, to St Peter himself.
In other words, inculturation is another word for de-romanization.
There will soon be nothing Roman left in the Catholic churches of
Asia except an empty name. Then the various churches will be ready
to form truly schismatic national churches, totally independent
from Rome, from the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
...the central point ... is the construction of a local church."
From another report of a missionary meeting in Nagpur, India (of
31 bishops, 88 priests, and many others), we read the following:
"Evangelization is usually understood as a method to draw new
members. The participants of this convention prefer another definition
of evangelization which identifies itself with the promotion of
the well-being of humanity and with a struggle against anything
that opposes it . ... The final report has therefore called the
missionaries to get involved in the integral development of man
and to do it with courage..." (Eglise D'Asie, Nov. 16, 1999,
St. Matthew 28, 19-20: "Going therefore, teach all nations; baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you..." (Such as the necessity of baptism, in John 3, 5:
"Amen, amen I say to thee: unless a man be born again of the water
and of the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God",
and the necessity of Holy Communion, in John 6, 54: "Except
you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you shall
not have life in youl").
Mark 16, 15-16: "And He said to them: Go ye into the whole world
and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized, shall be saved, but he that does not believe shall be
If these bishops and priests really mean what they say, then they
are in big trouble as they are explicitly preaching a new Gospel,
and therefore falling under St .Paul's curse: "Though we, or
an angel of Heaven preach a Gospel to you other than that which
we have preached to you, let him be anathema." (Galatians
two principal foundations:
- "The certainty of the universality of grace .... The paths
of divine grace are mysterious and we do not know well the paths
of God caught with men placed in a great diversity of situation,
including the religious ones..."
- "We should also know that for human beings, there are thousands
of ways to respond to the grace found in the concrete existential
situations which are theirs, including the religions to which they
belong. In one way, religions can be considered as responses to
the meeting with the mystery of God or the ultimate reality . ...
Thus " religious traditions have a place in the economy of salvation
. ... If is an unavoidable truth that the Spirit of God is at work
in all the traditional religions..."
To no. 1: Poor God Who is "caught" and really doesn't know
how to deal with a continuously changing man, "placed in a great
diversity of situation, including the religious ones"! Poor
God who has to revised the whole mystery of Salvation every so often!
Who could not foresee, nor still can't all the possible human situations.
What awful blasphemies against the divine attributes of allknowledge,
of eternity,, of infallibility! Against St. James 1, 17: "The
Father of light, with Whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration."
To no. 2 : "religious traditions have a place in the economy
of salvation... It is an unavoidable truth that the Spirit of God
is at work in all the traditional religions..." except ... You
guessed which Tradition, which Traditional Religion! These bishops
are certainly a good example on how to be in contradiction with