THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
SENIOR CHURCHMEN UNDERMINING THE FAITH
March 2, 2018
There are many modernists among our prelates and clerics.
We used to be able to look to them for guidance in the Christian
life. Now we need to be more discerning. And we need to know
the faith ourselves.
Cardinal Sarah: high-ranking prelates are trying
to change Christian morality
Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Sacraments (CNS)
The cardinal also said the West was ‘committing
suicide’ by losing its Christian faith
Senior churchmen are undermining
Church teaching on life, marriage and the family, Cardinal
Robert Sarah has said.
In a speech in Belgium, the
cardinal accused high-ranking prelates from “opulent
nations” of trying to modify Christian morality, and
attacked pressure groups that “with powerful financial
means and ties to the media, attack the natural purpose of
marriage and commit themselves to destroying the family unit.”
Cardinal Sarah made the remarks – reported in La NuovaBussolaQuotidiana
and translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino – in front of
several senior Belgian churchmen, including Cardinal Josef
De Kesel, the apostolic nuncio and Abbot Philippe Mawet.
Abbot Mawet had criticised Cardinal Sarah just days earlier
in an article for LibreBelgique.
The cardinal said:
Some high-ranking prelates, above all those coming from opulent
nations, are working to cause modifications to Christian morality
with regard to the absolute respect for life from conception
until natural death, the question of the divorced and civilly
remarried, and other problematic family situations. These
‘guardians of the faith’ however ought not to
lose sight of the fact that the problem posed by the fragmentation
of the ends of marriage is a problem of natural morality.
The great derivations became manifest when some prelates or
Catholic intellectuals began to say or write ‘a green
light for abortion,’ ‘a green light for euthanasia.’
Now, from the moment that Catholics
abandon the teaching of Jesus and the Magisterium of the Church,
they contribute to the destruction of the natural institution
of marriage as well as the family and it is now the entire
human family which finds itself fractured by this new betrayal
on the part of priests.
During his visit to Belgium, Cardinal Sarah also gave an interview
with Catholic media outlet Cathobel in which he repeated his
criticism of fellow clergy.
“Faith has become lacking,
not only on the level of the people of God but also among
those responsible for the Church,” he
said. “Sometimes we can ask ourselves if we really have
This lack of faith is also affecting the wider culture, he
“Not only is the West
losing its soul, but it is committing suicide, because a tree
without roots is condemned to death. I think
that the West cannot renounce its roots, which created its
culture and its values.”
The cardinal said “chilling
things” were happening in the West, and Western nations
were exporting those things to the developing world.
“I think that a parliament which authorizes the death
of an innocent baby, without defence, is committing a grave
act of violence against the human person.
“When abortion is imposed, especially on nations in
the developing world, saying that if they do not accept it
they will no longer receive aid, it is an act of violence.
And it is no surprise.
“When God is abandoned,
man is also abandoned; there is no longer a clear vision of
who man is. This is a great anthropological crisis in the
West. And it leads to people being treated like objects.”