Are these men still Roman Catholic?
More News on the Interfaith Program at Fatima
by John Vennari
Catholic Family News reported last month on the interreligious Congress at Fatima: “The Present of Man, the Future of God, the Place of Sanctuary in Relation to the Sacred”. I attended this Congress in Portugal which was held from October 10-12, 2003.
Speakers at the Congress, including Father Jacques Dupuis and Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, told delegates that Catholics should not seek to convert non- Catholics to the Catholic Church. This is because, according to the new, ecumenical system, non-Catholics are already part of the “Reign of God,” and do not have to convert to the Catholic Church for salvation.
On the subject of “no salvation outside the Catholic Church,” which is a defined dogma that Catholics must believe in order to remain Catholic, Father Dupuis said in disgust, “There is no need to invoke here that horrible text from the Council of Florence.” Father Dupuis also said that the purpose of dialogue is to help “the Christian to become a better Christian, and the Hindu a better Hindu.”
The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Fatima Shrine Rector, Bishop of Leiria- Fatima, and Apostolic Delegate all applauded Dupuis’ speech wherein, among many other outrages, he denounced a defined doctrine of the Church.
The next day, the Vatican’s Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald told the audience, “Father Dupuis yesterday explained the theological basis of the establishment of relations with people of other religions.” In short, Archbishop Fitzgerald praised Father Dupuis’ heresies.
The Sunday session at the Congress included testimonies from representatives of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism. At this session, Father Arul Irudayam, Rector of the Catholic Marian Shrine at Vailankanni, India, boasted that, as a further development of ecumenical comraderie, Hindus now perform their heathen rites inside the Catholic Church. The conference delegates, including Archbishop Fitzgerald, were delighted that this Marian Shrine was now used for idolatrous rituals. How long before the Shrine at Fatima is desecrated in a similar manner?