Some post Brexit thoughts on the future of Christian Europe
Rt Revd Dom Alistair Bate OSBA,
Undoubtedly, had Christianity continued as a persecuted house church movement in the fourth century, rather than ascend to greatness as the official state religion of the Roman Empire, it would have gone the way of many other pious fraternities in the ancient world, but thanks to Divine Providence, St Constantine was inspired to adopt it, and the rest as they say, is history. So, unlike many modern commentators I do feel that Christianity today requires the support of the secular arm in order to maintain a society based on liberal Christian values. On the other hand, state-sponsored churches on their own ultimately fail - the Church of England and even more so the state churches of Scandinavia, are classic examples - because they lack the spiritual power houses provided by those individuals completely dedicated to the spiritual quest. Those power houses - the monasteries - when the Roman Empire started to crumble, kept the flame of civilisation alight until the great flowering of Christian Europe in the Middle Ages. So today, we need both a clear Christian identity and a flowering of traditional mystical devotion to revive our vision of Christendom and save us from the twin evils of secular materialism and multiculturalism, which are merely clearing a path for islamisation and all its accompanying barbarities. We have no problem with those who follow the pre-Christian indigenous religions, or with those whose heritage is Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh, as by and large their views are compatible with liberal democracy, but unfortunately, the plain truth is actually that “multiculturalism in Europe is the mosque standing on the ruins of the church.”(Gatestone Institute)
Protestantism unwittingly paved the way for the “Enlightenment” which in turn has led us down a garden path of blissful multiculturalist ignorance and today even the Roman hierarchy has little understanding of the need for extreme caution when dealing with Islam, so it will be left to those ordinary people who instinctively understand history and sense the danger, as well as an occasional ecclesiastical voice, such as our own, to raise the alarm and take the cross once more in defence of Christendom. Awareness raising is a thankless task, but if we do not do it who will? It is some comfort to know that we may be assured of the prayers of our ancestors and the saints: St Benedict, Patron of Europe; his spiritual son St Bernard, the Holy Templars and other Knights, and many more who worked and fought to keep Europe Christian through the centuries.
So, with the Rosary and the Medal of St Benedict as our weapons let us go forth and win hearts and minds, one by one. Our Lady of Victories and St Benedict pray for us!