Withstanding Cephas, Standing With Peter

When Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.

Galatians 2:11

The Great Reset” is the brainchild of Klaus Schwab, “a German economist and founder of the [World Economic Forum], an annual gathering of high-level business and political leaders that since 1971 has usually met in Davos, Switzerland.”

The idea is to seize upon the global crisis precipitated by the novel coronavirus—and the irrational overreaction to it—as a “unique window of opportunity” enabling international elites to reshape society according to “a new social contract that honors the dignity of every human being.”

The trouble comes when we consider the “unique” conception of human dignity informing this project.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, recently retired from overseeing Church doctrine, notes that Schwab and his colleagues have nothing to say about God or our relationship to him. Instead, they promise us dignity as if it were an Amazon delivery, to be obtained through a greater subjection of society to the benevolent ministrations of technocratic titans.

Why then is Pope Francis embracing this “utopian-atheistic vision”?

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Vatican’s head of “human development,” insists that there is a “radical difference” between the pope’s vision and that of his political allies. The Holy Father, he insists, wants a reset “rooted in the Scriptures, rooted in the grace of God, in Christ.”

For some reason, however, the pope is urging us to surrender our rights and liberties to men whose goal is to replace liberal democracies (where they exist) with (in Müller’s words) a system of “unified capital-socialism.”

As Edward Pentin astutely notes, Pope Francis himself has warned that “ideological proposals that claim to save a people [may end] by destroying a people and humanity.”

Returning to ancient Antioch, St. Paul finds our first pope separating himself from the Gentiles, “fearing them who were of the circumcision.” Out of human respect, he who holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven fudged “the faith of Jesus Christ” and “the grace of God.”

As my Challoner Bible notes, “in such cases an inferior may, and sometimes ought, with respect, to admonish his superior.”

Before admonishing our own superiors with respect, let’s be sure to bone up on what faith and reason teach us is a better response to crises from which “nihilistic secularism” will never save us.

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