As reported by Lifesite News: A collection of Catholic parents in Poland have penned a letter to members of the Church’s hierarchy demanding this year’s World Youth Day (WYD) event in Lisbon stop its promotion of religious pluralism and the United Nations’ pro-abortion 2030 Agenda.
The January 3 letter, sent to Portuguese Bishop Américo Manuel Alves Aguiar – the head of the 2023 WYD Lisbon organizing committee – and pro-LGBT Cardinal Kevin Farrell – head of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life – begins with a request by “parents of young people planning to attend World Youth Day 2023” to have the event’s “Sustainability commitment” to the United Nations “Agenda 2030” and its corresponding “Sustainable Development Goals” removed as a “guiding element.”
The group of parents also mention WYD’s endorsement of the “Global Tree Initiative” (GTI) that promotes “other religions” such as “Buddhism” on its website.
“The reason for our request is that there is a serious risk that the Agenda 2030 and the Goals, promoted by the organizers of WYD, will have a negative impact on the youth attending WYD,” the parents wrote in a translated letter provided to LifeSiteNews.
“This may occur as a result of a lack of or misunderstanding of the moral wickedness of some of these Goals. It is worth noting that the Agenda and the Goals have been controversial from the outset such that some countries, including the Holy See, have raised serious objections to them (e.g. Vatican Notes of 2015 and 2016),” they added.
The parents explained how many of these globalist goals are “irreconcilable with the Gospel and the Church’s teaching,” may “mislead” or “bring moral confusion to young people,” and can be seen as the Church “condoning the use of morally unworthy methods to achieve the Goals.”
The parents then outlined some of the objectionable goals found in the 2030 Agenda, which LifeSiteNews has previously reported, including the promotion of “universal access” to abortion and contraceptives, the introduction of universal so-called sex education, and the “need to promote so-called gender equality, with the ambiguous concept of gender increasingly interpreted as a culturally-determined sex that everyone has the right to change.”
Turning their attention to the GTI, the parents stated that its website “de facto promotes Buddhism by making it easier for young people to learn about the teachings of, among others, the 14th Dalai Lama, who advocates the permissibility of abortion and accepts homosexual relationships.”
Explaining the harm this may cause, the parents wrote:
Engaging in so-called dialogue with other religions, which some of them contain elements contrary to our faith or even demonic, alongside the light of truth, can lead children and young people who are unprepared for such a confrontation to confusion, abandoning the faith and even, in extreme cases, to demonic enslavement or possession. We do not want this for our children!
While Pope Francis and his appointed officials often promote interreligious “dialogue” as a way of promoting “unity” or a “fraternal” brotherhood, the truth remains that this is done in violation of the traditional teaching of the Church, for similar reasons the parents listed in their letter.
As explained by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Mortalium Animos:
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Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy… Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little. turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.
The Catholic Church which I am a happy and proud member of from the cradle and hopefully till I go to my grave is under virulent attack from the liberals as the institution with over a billion adherents is a prime target for it to bend her ancient conservative stance.
Under the guise of ‘progressivism’ which has seen many so-called churches bend to the whims and caprices of the liberals, the Catholic Church has stood firm like the Rock of Gibraltar in her resolve not to mislead the faithful.
The youths are now the beautiful bride who are being courted like bees suck up to honey as the future leaders constitute the intellectual capacity to influence change. The growing secularism in the West has seen the influence of the Church considerably whittled down which alarmed the Late Pope John Paul II so much so that he opined that Africa should re-Christianize the West.
If indeed there is an agenda to push liberal causes around the World Youth Day, it should be sturdily resisted by conservatives from all over the globe and if push comes to shove the event should be boycotted by all Catholic youths to send a strong message that the Church wouldn’t be used as a platform for the propagation of an agenda that will not only ultimately destroy this planet but has as its core a deep seated anti-God leaning.
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