By Patricius Anthony

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By Patricius Anthony


In this age of grand apostasy, it surely takes a lot when a Novus Ordo prelate sinks below all of the misdeeds, corruptions, and criminality that have reduced Christ's Church to arguably its lowest moral ebb.

However, remarks made in September 2005 by the Newchurch Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, are some of the most apostatic statements to have ever been publicly uttered by a supposed "bishop" of Christ. They may have surpassed the abominable action of JPII in kissing the Koran and Benedict-Ratzinger's recent trip to Cologne for the World Youth Day travesty, or what many call "Catholic Woodstock."

McCarrick's remarks were given at Catholic University's law school as a "prayer" in concert with a talk that King Abdullah II of Jordan gave entitled: "Traditional Islam: The Path to Peace." Before I delve into the Archbishop's statements, one point should be pondered: why did a Newchurch institution of higher learning give a platform to an infidel? Where is the outcry from the student body or, what is more puzzling, the alumni who are supposedly learned in Church doctrine?

It would be fascinating to see the reaction from students and alumni if the law school held a symposium entitled: "Traditional Catholicism: the True Path to Heaven." One thing is certain: neither the Archbishop or his Muslim buddies would appear at such an event!

Nonetheless, the cardinal begins his prayer by addressing the Arab "royalty" assembled with a salutation of "Your Majesty" to both the Jordanian king and queen, Abdullah and Rania, respectively. No real Catholic would supinely use such language to address heads of countries that are so staunchly anti-Christian. Such a salutation is only proper in the acknowledgement of a true Christian monarch whose life and governance is in perfect accord with the teachings of Christ and His Holy Church, such as the glorious reigns of Blessed Charlemagne, Queen Isabella of Spain, and St. Louis IX of France.

McCarrick continues his mercifully short remarks with a reminder of how at an earlier time he had the "privilege" to pray for peace with the king. He then went on and asked Allah, "the compassionate and merciful Lord of all the world," to help make the king and his people "a bridge across which all nations might walk in unity, fellowship and peace." He added that after listening to the king's address, "my prayer is being answered." Just in case anyone may have misunderstood, the cardinal at the conclusion of his prayer again called for Allah's intercession: "May Allah ... guide and protect you, your family, and your beloved country.... In the name of Allah, the merciful and compassionate God, we pray. Amen."

For McCarrick's own salvation, we hope that he has simply forgotten (no doubt because of all the praying to Allah) about the forthright words of St. Paul and how the Apostle to the Gentiles described the deities that the peoples he was divinely commissioned to preach and convert worshipped: "But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God" (1 Corinthians 10:20/DRV).

While the pagans of the Apostolic Age may be given a pass for their idolatry because they were ignorant of the Gospel, McCarrick and his fellow Novus Ordo oecumenists should know better. The Apostles, the Fathers, and the Church throughout its existence have always taught that every creed, faith, and religion not Catholic is false and will not of itself lead its followers to eternal blessedness -- the whole purpose of life. The Divine Savior, right after the Last Supper, put it bluntly so that every man could readily understand the path to salvation: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me" (John 14:6/DRV).

Earlier in 2005 McCarrick submitted his pro-forma retirement notification to Benedict-Ratzinger, which the pope turned down. Implicit in such an action is the pope's judgment that the individual is an indispensable cog in the well-being of the Church and must continue to serve. Of course, to Newrome, McCarrick is a shining example of how a prelate is supposed to act: praying to Allah, visiting synagogues, conducting "interfaith" services with Protestants, etc.

Before McCarrick does more damage to Christ's Church and his own soul, Benedict-Ratzinger should not only immediately accept McCarrick's retirement offer but also banish him to a traditional monastery for the rest of his days where he can do penance for his scandals. In fact, since the pope has taken no action against the wayward Mohammed-worshipping Cardinal or, for that matter, against any of the rampant sinister activities throughout the Church, the pope should consider stepping down and joining the Archbishop for his own complicity in this scandal, and so many others, before it is too late.

Before McCarrick chooses again to pray publicly to Allah, he may want to consider the ominous words that the Divine Entity, to which he supposedly swore fidelity to at his ordination, spoke to those who were pusillanimous about Him and His teachings: "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also shall be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy Angels" (Mark 8:38/DRV).