"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Thursday, May 3, 2018

VATICAN/TRUMP RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ALLIANCE: Remarks by President Trump at the National Day of Prayer

VATICAN/TRUMP RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ALLIANCE: Remarks by President Trump at the National Day of Prayer

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  Please.  Thank you very much.  What a day.  What a beautiful day.  And our country is doing very well.  You’ll see some very good announcements very shortly.
It’s wonderful to be here on this glorious spring morning as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer at the White House in the Rose Garden.  (Applause.)

I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence and Karen for joining us.  Very special people.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  We are truly blessed to have a Vice President and a Second Lady who believe in the power of prayer and the glory of God.  And they do believe.  I’m with them a lot; they believe.  (Applause.)  It’s good.  Thank you, Mike.
Thanks, also, to the members of the Cabinet who have joined us today, along with so many amazing faith leaders from across the country, including my good friend Paula White, who’s done such an incredible job.  Paula.  Paula.  Stand, Paula.  Thank you, Paula.  (Applause.)  And the President of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Ronnie Floyd.  Thank you.  Thank you, Doctor.  Thank you.  Thanks, Ronnie.  (Applause.)
I especially want to recognize Cissie Graham.  And I will now add that word “Lynch” because I always call her Cissie Graham, but it’s really Cissie Graham Lynch.  You like it that way better, right?  Don’t you think we — I like it that way, too.  I like it that way because you’re married to a great gentleman.  A fantastic man.  So, Cissie, thank you very much for being here.  We appreciate it very much.  (Applause.)
Priest Narayanachar, Sister Bingham, Chaplain Agbere, Rabbi Shemtov, Cardinal Wuerl, and the Hope Christian Church Choir.  I heard you, by the way, right inside the Oval Office.  That was beautiful.  That was great music.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)
As we gather this morning, our thoughts also turn to the memory of a man who awakened the light of God in the hearts of millions of America’s pastors.  And that’s the great, legendary, wonderful Billy Graham.  Great, great man.  Great.  (Applause.)  So, Cissie, I want to thank you for carrying on your grandfather’s incredible, towering legacy.
Today, we remember the words of Reverend Graham (GRAHAM WAS A MASON LIKE TRUMP), “Prayer is the key that opens [to] us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings.”  Always beautiful.  And when he said it, it meant so much.  When I say it, it means something.  But I liked when he said it better.  (Laughter.)  Right?  I think he did that a little better than I do.
Reverend Graham’s words remind us that prayer has always been at the center of American life, because America is a nation of believers.  (AMERICA HAS NEVER BEEN CATHOLIC) Right?  That’s very true.  (Applause.)
The prayers of religious believers helped gain our independence, and the prayers of religious leaders like the Reverend Martin Luther King (HERETIC KING? NOT HARDLY) — great man — helped win the long struggle for civil rights (CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS STARTED BY JEWS A PART OF THE NWO PLOT).  Faith has shaped our families, and it’s shaped our communities.  It’s inspired our commitment to charity and our defense of liberty.  And faith has forged the identity and the destiny of this great nation that we all love.  (Applause.)
Americans of faith have built the hospitals that care for our sick, the homes that tend to our elderly, and the charities that house the orphaned, and they minister — and they really do, they minister to the poor, and so beautifully and with such love.
We are proud of our religious heritage.  And as President, I will always protect religious liberty.  We’ve been doing it.  We’ve been doing it.  (Applause.)  Last year on this day, I took executive action to prevent the Johnson Amendment — a disaster — from interfering with our First Amendment rights.  I was so proud of that.  I’ve been saying from the beginning.  You know that.  (Applause.)  I was saying for a long time we’re going to do that.
Across the government, we have taken action to defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor.  (Applause.) (LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE IS ALSO MASONIC AND IS A HERESY)

In January of this year, I was proud to be the first President to stand here in the Rose Garden to address the March for Life.  A very special day.  (Applause.)
And my administration has spoken out against religious persecution around the world, including the persecution of many, many Christians.  What’s going on is horrible.  And we’re taking action.  We are taking action.  (Applause.)
We condemn all crimes against people of faith, and today we are launching another historic action to promote religious freedom.  I will soon be signing an executive order to create a faith initiative at the White House.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.
The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities, and our great country.  This office will also help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.
We take this step because we know that, in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God.  (Applause.)
With us today is a living reminder of this truth.  His name is Jon Ponder, from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Where’s Jon?  Come on up here, Jon.  Get up here, Jon.  (Applause.)
Jon grew up without his father.  As he tells it, “My mother was strong, but she wasn’t able to keep us out of the gangs and off the streets.”  Right?  Jon was in and out of jail for years until, at age 38, he was arrested for bank robbery.  You don’t look like a bank robber, Jon.  (Laughter.)  He’s come a long way.
Jon soon ended up in federal prison, relegated to solitary confinement.  That’s where God found him.  Jon began to read the Bible and listen to Christian radio.  Right?  (Applause.)  Incredible.
One morning, at 2 a.m., he woke up to the voice of the great Billy Graham.  Reverend Graham’s words came through the airwaves, “Jesus wants to be Lord of your life.”  That night, Jon dedicated his life to Christ.  (Applause.)
He spent the rest of his time in prison praying, studying the Bible, and bringing the Lord to his fellow inmates.  The day after Jon’s release, a visitor knocked on his door.  It was the man who put him in jail, FBI Special Agent Richard Beasley — who is here.  Richard.  Come on up, Richard.  (Applause.)
“I want you to know that I’ve been praying for you very strongly,” he said, that, “God called me to the FBI in part because of you, Jon.”  The two are now lifelong friends.
Jon, do you like him?
PONDER:  I love him.
THE PRESIDENT:  You love him?  That’s nice.  (Applause.)  That’s beautiful.
Jon runs a ministry that has helped more than 2,000 former inmates rejoin society, and he’s the talk of the country.  The job Jon does is incredible.
Jon and Richard, you are a living testament to the power of prayer.  (Applause.)  Your story reminds us that prayer changes hearts and transforms lives.  It uplifts the soul, inspires action, and unites us all as one nation, under God.  So important.
And we say it here.  You know, a lot of people — (applause) — they don’t say it.  But you know what?  They’re starting to say it more.  Just like we’re starting to say, “Merry Christmas” when that day comes around.  (Applause.)  You notice the big difference between now and two or three years ago?  It was — Paula, it was going in the other direction rapidly.  Right?  Now it’s straight up.
Our country was founded on prayer.  Our communities are sustained by prayer.  And our nation will be renewed by hard work, a lot of intelligence, and prayer.  (Applause.)
Today we gather to remember this truth:  We thank God for the faith of our people.  We praise God for the blessings of freedom.  And we ask God to forever bless this magnificent land that we all love so much.
America, thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States.  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you, Jon.
(The executive order is signed.)  (Applause.)
Thank you very much, everybody.  It’s a great day.  Thank you.


The years following Vatican II have shown the truth of Leo XIII’s statement that religious liberty necessarily leads to immorality. In formerly Catholic countries, it is not only faith that has disappeared, but also Christian morality.
The declaration of Vatican II on religious liberty, Dignitatis Humanae (§2), affirms:
This Vatican Synod declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs. Nor is anyone to be restrained from acting in accordance with his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits." (Walter M. Abbott, S.J., Editor, The Documents of Vatican II (New York: The America Press, 1966), pp. 678-79.)

What is noteworthy in this passage from Vatican II?

  1. First, Vatican II not only says that no one should be forced to believe (which the Church has always taught), but also claims that no one can be restrained from practicing the religion of his choice.
  2. Then, and this is paramount, Vatican II no longer speaks of tolerance alone, but actually recognizes a real natural right of the adepts of all religions not to be hindered in the practice of their religion.
  3. Finally, this right not only concerns practice in private, but also public worship and propagation of the religion. Thus Vatican II promotes something the Church always condemned previously.

Does Vatican II truly intend to speak of a genuine natural right of man (and not merely of a simple civil right)?

Unfortunately yes, Vatican II presents the right not to be impeded from acting in accordance with one’s conscience in matters religious as a genuine natural right. It explains that this right is based on “the very dignity of the human person” (and not on a positive juridical determination); consequently it is only upon this basis that religious liberty must also be recognized as a civil right (DH 2).
The new Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms:
“The right to religious liberty is neither a moral license to adhere to error, nor a supposed right to error, but rather a natural right of the human person to civil liberty, i.e., immunity, within just limits, from external constraint in religious matters by political authorities. This natural right ought to be acknowledged in the juridical order of society in such a way that it constitutes a civil right.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, §2108).

Doesn’t Vatican II speak of “due limits” on this “right”?

Vatican II does mention “due limits” circumscribing religious liberty, but the nature of the limits is not clearly stated in the document. In paragraph 2, it seems to involve safeguarding public order; further on, paragraph 7 speaks of “the objective moral order,” which is better, but illusory and ultimately insufficient.

Why is this mention of “the objective moral order” illusory?

Taken literally, the implication of limiting religious liberty to “the objective moral order” is that only the Catholic Church could enjoy unrestricted freedom of religion because she alone conserves the natural law in its entirety (Islam authorizes polygamy; the Protestants—and even the Eastern schismatics in some cases—allow divorce; etc.). But this conclusion obviously contradicts the rest of the text. For Vatican II, having set aside the obligations of strict natural law, the only restraining limit on religious freedom is public order. As long as the cult is not a cover for terrorist attacks, criminal networks, pedophilia, or some other infringement of “the rights of man,” everything must be authorized.

Why should the mention of “the objective moral order” be considered insufficient?

Even interpreted strictly, this limitation of religious liberty to the “objective moral order” is inadequate because restricted to the natural order of things, thereby omitting consideration of the supernatural order. Such a conception of religious liberty fails to recognize the social kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ, the supernatural rights of His Church, and the supernatural end of man in the common good of the political order. It fails to consider that the false religions, by the mere fact that they keep souls from the Catholic Church, lead souls to hell. In a word, it is naturalism.
To it can be applied what St. Pius X said about the separation of Church and State:
This thesis is an obvious negation of the supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object, which is man’s eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its course." St. Pius X, encyclical, Vehementer Nos (February 11, 1906), §3.

Does the teaching of Vatican II on religious freedom contradict the Church’s perennial teaching?

The religious liberty taught by Vatican II not only contradicts the teaching of the Church, but also, and foremost, its constant practice.

How does Vatican II contradict the constant practice of the Church?

The saints have never hesitated to break idols, destroy their temples, or legislate against pagan or heretical practices. The Church—without ever forcing anyone to believe or be baptized—has always recognized its right and duty to protect the faith of her children and to impede, whenever possible, the public exercise and propagation of false cults. To accept the teaching of Vatican II is to grant that, for two millennia, the popes, saints, Fathers and Doctors of the Church, bishops, and Catholic kings have constantly violated the natural rights of men without anyone in the Church noticing. Such a thesis is as absurd as it is impious.