by Father Andrew B. Horvath, M.A.
When Pope St. Pius X commenced his glorious pontificate in the early years of this century, His Holiness analyzed what he saw around him. "We experience," His Holiness stated, "a sort of terror at the disastrous state of human society today. For who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is — apostasy from God ... When all this is considered, there is good reason to fear ... that there may be already in the world, the ‘son of perdition’ of whom the Apostle speaks." (E Supremi Apostolatus, October 4, 1904).
The great defender of the Faith launched these grave warnings when he contemplated problems of mankind that would yet have to be called mild when compared with today’s situation. The evils he denounced and fought against have made appalling progress since his time. The warnings that have rung out of Heaven since then and the punishments that have been inflicted upon mankind have been virtually useless in a world that has gone mad — a world intent on rebuilding the "Tower of Babel": a world building on the absence of Almighty God.
As early as 1904, Pope St. Pius X said: "There are no bounds to audacity and fury with which men are flinging themselves at religion, beating down the dogmas of Faith, striving with might and main to wipe out all relations between man and the Godhead." What about today’s "New Churchmen"?
In this defiance of God, how can we not see the prelude to appalling chastisements? How can we not see the cause of those evils that have smashed down on the contemporary world, which refuses to recognize them and which, in its death-wish, spreads a veil over them while it makes itself drunk on high-flown talk of peace, justice, and security, which, the more they are absent in reality, the more loudly they are proclaimed in talk.
Here are a few of the flagrant contradictions flaunted by Naturalism and tyrannical Liberalism. A pretense is made of fighting the very drugs one is in the process of distributing, on the excuse of fighting a disease in which properly is to be seen the hand of God — a punishment for sin, which is spread far and wide amongst the masses under the polite name of "safe-sex." What we see is wholesale corruption of society by the propagation of sins best left unnamed. On the pretext of fighting "discrimination" arising from unleashed passions, laws dangerously conducive to tyranny are passed while any attempt to channel those passions by education is refused on principle in the name of liberty, with the very idea of virtue being an object of horror. Supposedly to improve the means of information, marvels of technology are developed and super-developed, which promptly become formidable means of disinformation. People who, by campaigns in the media and politics, propose to establish world peace and organize conferences on security, are the same people who approve and decree the greatest genocide ever seen in the history of mankind.
Every year, according to official figures, some 50 to 60 million babies are deprived of the very right to life in their mother’s womb by those whose profession is to save lives. Multiply the figure by 10 or 20 to arrive at a total for the last decade or two! Given these facts, the list of which could be prolonged indefinitely, I wholeheartedly agree with Cardinal Pie in his Synodal Instruction: "Naturalism is for individuals the certain way to hell."
But, faced with this tragedy of the contemporary world, what do our "New Churchmen" do? They let out a faint cry of alarm while they engage in the most senseless compromise: the adoption of the principles of liberation, which are the cause of the world’s present misfortune. Thus whole sections of the Church fall to the ground in rhythm with the collapse of society.