Christ stilling the waves

The Trumpeteer

  • The Woman taken in Adultery and the Curious Case of Emma Bonino

    Recently the Pope caused great pain to the Pro Life movement in Italy by praising Emma Bonino the Doyenne of Italian Radicalism, Feminism, and abortion, for her work with refugees. He described her as “a forgotten great” of Italian society. This is quite remarkable as no-one could be more radical than Emma Bonino.

    Bonino, who was born in 1948, has all the qualities of a modern Italian Revolutionary. I suppose that if we wish to understand her, we should remember that she was part of a feminist demonstration that took place in Rome on 6th December 1975 and whose slogan was “No longer wives, mothers and daughters! Let’s destroy the family!” Added to this terrible view of the family is her espousal of total libertarianism (This is not the same as Libertarianism in the U.S. which is about being faithful to the American Constitution.). Bonino was a prime instigator if not the prime instigator of the whole abortion movement in Italy and founded with Adele Faccio CISA (Centre for sterilisation and abortion). Amazingly she “personally contributed to performing 10,000 illegal abortions.”

    In 1976 Bonino became a member of the Radical Party whose founder Marco Panella is her hero. She then helped to get Tony Negri, the “ideologue of Red Terrorism” and a criminal, elected to the Italian Parliament whereby he was given immunity from the Law, such are the peculiarities of Italian Political Society. Marco Panella’s whole programme is to promote gay marriage, transgenderim, free love, the legalizing of drugs, the abolition of the armed forces, the dismantling of NATO, and the enforcement of sex education.

    The reader at this point must be asking him or herself what is the Pope doing praising such a woman, but there is worse to come in this strange tale of Emma Bonino’s rise to power. In 1995 Silivio Berlusconi appointed Emma as a European Commissioner to the EU Parliament in Brussels where her behaviour became dangerously eccentric or eccentrically dangerous. She managed to found a parliamentary group which included Le Pen’s National Front Party. Jean Marie Le Pen was nothing if not a very traditional Catholic, unlike his daughter. If this marriage of complete opposites is not enough, then the pinnacle of paradox is reached when we find that Bonino and Panella are staunch supporters of Israel.

    This fog of contradictions begins to be dispelled by the sunlight of Truth, when we realize that for Bonino the ends justifies the means. She will work with anyone if it can promote her cause. She is a true spiritual daughter (If one can use such a term) of her fellow countryman, the disastrous and destructive Machiavelli. The fog is further dispelled when we find out that the Radical Party is funded by George Soros, the U.S. financier, that foe of Christianity who wishes among other things, to decriminalize drugs. This behaviour comes from a man who is a devoted disciple of Karl Popper, and who completely misunderstands him. It is over 40 years since I read Karl Popper’s “The Open Society and its Enemies” but even as a 21 year old student I knew that Popper was against totalitarianism and had no time for Marxism and psychoanalysis which he considered ‘pseudosciences’. As George Soros and David Rockefeller advocate Globalism, which is another form of totalitarianism one can only conclude that George Soros is simply another revolutionary who wants to have a society where drugs render a vast proletariat pliant as in Brave New World. This is hardly freedom.

    Into this vast jungle of financial, sexual, and radical left wing politics the Holy Father sallies forth full of glowing zeal to help the downtrodden, and those suffering from all the problems that spring from poverty. It is as if he is asking all the wrong people for advice. Like his hero Blessed Paul VI he is somewhat a victim of the last person he meets, who often seem to inhabit a left wing world when it comes to the secular domain, and unorthodox in the realm of the religious domain. The Pope is so much a man of the sixties, that he seems unaware that he is in the second decade of the 21st century, and so his views are, very oddly, old fashioned. Unfortunately they are not old fashioned enough. They should be as old fashioned as the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes, but they are as old fashioned as the 60’s and Vatican II, which in trying to update everything, meant that the Church found herself out of date, much in the way a woman,who buys a new dress which she thinks is the latest fashion, then to her horror finds that it is quite passé. This was at its truest when dealing with psychology. In the 60’s and 70’s, the Church began to be beguiled by Freud, Jung, and Carl Rogers just as people were beginning to doubt the whole Freudian world view. Just when the Church was beginning to look at the World through a Left wing prism in the late 60’s and early 70’s, the Soviet Union was beginning slowly to enter its death throes. In so far as the Church becomes involved with the contemporary zeitgeist, especially when it is anti-Christian or agnostic, she ends up with something that mirrors a marriage between a Christian and a non-believer. The tension can often result in a lessening of faith, and morals.

    The problem then arises for the Holy Father, as far as I can see it, that such people as Emma Bonino, who want to help the poor, are for him people of good faith if somewhat off the rails. The problem with being off the rails is that the train will grind to a halt at best and crash at worst. The Pope soon will find at some point, in the very near future, that not only has he hitched himself to the wrong cart but large parts of the Church along with him. Hard on the heels of this problem is that the Pope comes from the most militaristic Order in the Church, namely the Jesuits. However, whereas the Jesuit Order was utterly devoted to defending the Papacy for much of its history, it has been defending, since the 60’s at the very least, a view of the Church that is fundamentally Modernist, and disastrously dominated by the ghost of Teilhard de Chardin, whose thinking is just plain nonsense, but could take in such a fine man as de Lubac who wrote a book about him.

    Having been educated by the Jesuits, whom I liked very much, you sensed that there was that almost Marxist mode of operating, which is the last thing that Church needs. You saw how the authorities could be very hard on people like the saintly Fr.Cyril Martindale, or the fine Fr. Roger Charles, and what they were like in other lands I do not know. One also gets the impression that the Pope was very much like that as the Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Argentina. It was all based on strict obedience. One also has to ask oneself, that of the over 1000 Communist agents who became priests in the Catholic Church from the 1930’s onwards, how many were Jesuits? It is patently obvious that the Pope, for all his exuberant maverick behaviour, is not as confident in his own judgment as he should be. He relies too heavily on his friends, and looking at them they seem theologically somewhat lacking to put it mildly. St. Francis de Sales said that the best spiritual directors were the dead ones, and I believe the best theologians will also be the dead ones, and like the best wines they need to be the old and mature. I think we can safely say that most of the modern theologians have been too tainted with the views of modern philosophers like Kant, Hegel, and most unfortunately Heidegger.

    The fundamental floor with most contemporary thinking is found in the fascination with Man, and Pope Francis is not the only one to suffer from this problem, even somebody as great as St. John Paul II, because of his philosophical research, seemed to be very taken up with Man. Today the rights of God The Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, are not taken into account. The World is, in most democratic countries profoundly influenced by a left wing way of looking at things. That is why the present Conservative Government in Britain looks, certainly from the moral point of view, thoroughly left wing and libertarian. Man’s needs must be met at all costs. The problem that dominates modern Man is the Utopian/Marxian idea of an earthly paradise.

    Within the glove of liberalism fits the iron fist of tyranny. This tyranny which begins with Marxism, is in some way connected with Freudian psychology and all its offshoots, which make up modern psychotherapy, and sociology. Following on from that we find Leninism, Maoism, thought control, and even the United Nations, which is a sort of secularized cross between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire dominating Western thinking. Then finally we have the EU which really is a secularized form of the Holy Roman Empire and far less effective.

    The laudable desire to feed the World’s poor, to care for the most vulnerable, runs parallel with a Western culture that wants abortion, sterilization, contraception, and which encourages sexual depravity, the destruction of marriage, and euthanasia. To complete this peculiar spectrum we see prisons (This is not the case in the United States I might add.) in some Western Countries, namely in Scandanavia, as being purely reformatory. However rather oddly Teresa May, Britain’s Home Secretary, several years ago, began to turn the British prisons into penitentiaries. As she is a devout Anglican, that seems a most odd thing to do, as the Anglican Church at present is so liberal in everything.

    For the West Man can be perfected by education, health care and enough food. This is very much the theme of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Russian and Chinese revolutions and goodness knows what other revolutions. The problem is that all that came out of these revolutions was persecution of Christianity and Totalitarianism.

    What few can grasp is that the Church is always battling or trying to control the ruling elite that it is dealing with. Pope Francis does not appear to be an historian, which means that he cannot see that the Church is facing are far greater threat than when Hildebrand was defending the Church in the Investiture Crisis. Hildebrand, known also as Gregory VII was determined to wrest the Church from lay control, and succeeded; if there had not already been a Gregory The Great, then Hildebrand would surely merit that title.

    Today, since St. John XXIII’s election as pope, there has been a woeful tendency to think that the Church could trust the apostate Christian, or even more bizarrely the Soviet East. It is rather like Innocent III trusting the goodwill of the Albigensians after they murdered the Papal legate. So too today the mission is not to the pagans and non-believers, but to the rebellious children of either Christian parents, apostate Christian parents, or, who themselves, happen to have turned against God, or the Church. This will be true also of nearly all the Christian Churches of the West. This is admirably summed up in the Pope’s relationship with the atheist maverick co-founder of La Republica, Eugenio Scalfari, who is either quoting or misquoting the Pope. The Pope is trusting the wrong people, and needs do only one thing. He must imitate Christ with the woman taken in adultery:

    When Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee? Hath no man condemned thee?

    Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: neither will I condemn thee, God and now sin no more. (John: ch.8 vv. 10 -11)

    The Pope, of course, must be compassionate to his former student and his homosexual lover, to the transgender Diego Neria Lejarraga, and his fiancé (Once again we find ourselves in “ a never, never land” of paradox.) and to others who find themselves in sinful situations, by telling them that they cannot break God’s laws, however much they feel that those laws are wrong. The clay cannot tell the potter what to do, and far too many Christians think they can disagree with God. Obviously they have not comprehended the infinite majesty and justice of God, nor have they understood that to ask for mercy, like the woman who was taken in adultery, they must in some form or fashion admit their sin. If they do not, they do not understand Mercy. God’s Mercy is Christ crucified, and that should bring us weeping to our knees at the foot of the Cross.

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