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By Michael Hichborn
Theme: Immunizing Ourselves against Viruses of the Mind
Michael Hichborn is the president of the Lepanto Institute and for almost eight years was American Life League’s Director of the Defend the Faith project. His talk is entitled “Modernism and the Plague of Social Justice.” First he explains that there are two aspects to a plague: a pathogen and the disease caused by the pathogen. Modernism, he says, is the pathogen that causes the disease of social justice. What does he mean by that statement? Envy, greed, fear of calamity, and the desire to live as one wants, not as God wants, never being satisfied is at the root of so-called social justice. Modernism is a materialist heresy. It seeks to establish science as the ultimate authority of all things. The Church must be wed to the world. Eliminate suffering. Heaven on earth is their goal. Ergo the Communist Manifesto. The worst modernists are those within the Church, those Saint Pius X sought to eradicate. Hence his encyclical Pascendi Dominici gregis issued in 1907. Modernists went underground and are omnipresent today, especially after the oath against modernism was rescinded by Paul VI in 1967. Truly it is as Pope Pius X said it was, “the synthesis of all heresies.” We must not give up but continue to expose the Modernists.
2020 SBC Conference
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