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Friday, June 5, 2020

Saint Boniface converted German heathen peoples, destroyed their pagan idols and temples, and built churches in their place

June 5 is the feast of St. Boniface Winfrid in the Roman calendar, an eighth-century Englishman who evangelized the Germanic peoples with such zeal and success that he is commonly known as the Apostle of Germany.

The Catholic News Agency sent a tweet with a link to its biographical page about this great bishop and martyr, which notes:
St. Boniface was very bold in his faith, and was well known for being very good at using the local customs and culture of the day to bring people to Christ. He was born in Devonshire, England, in the seventh century. He was educated at a Benedictine monastery and became a monk, and was sent as a missionary to Germany in 719.
There, he destroyed idols and pagan temples, and built churches on the sites. He was eventually made archbishop of Mainz, where he reformed churches and built religious houses on those sites.
He was martyred on June 5, 754 while on mission in Holland, where a troop of pagans attacked and killed him and his 52 companions.
One story about St. Boniface tells about when he met a tribe in Saxony that was worshipping a Norse deity in the form of a huge oak tree. Boniface walked up to the tree, removed his shirt, took an ax, and without a word, chopped it down. Then he stood on the trunk, and asked: “How stands your mighty god? My God is stronger than he.”
(Source; underlining added.)

Proselytism, triumphalism, and no Laudato Si

Ladies and gentlemen, can you imagine the outrage that something like this would cause in our day, not simply from all sorts of secularists, humanists, pagans, etc., but quite especially from the “Catholic bishops” and most of all “Pope” Francis himself? If St. Boniface were to do something like that today, we would never hear the end of it from Francis and his entire Vatican II gang, which would condemn him in no uncertain terms for:
  • Proselytism — instead of dialoguing with and witnessing to the pagans non-Christian brothers and sisters by establishing soup kitchens, collecting clothes for the needy, and otherwise worrying about their integral human development, he dared to preach Christ; in this way he disrespected the consciences of the members of the indigenous community and violated their human dignity, which can never be taken away
  • Triumphalism — instead of building a bridge of fraternity and dialogue, he offended the religious sensibilities of the people by arrogantly issuing a challenge to them and their traditions; he denigrated their religion, making his own religion appear as superior to theirs, and he tried to rigidly impose his own certainties on them
  • Not respecting the Divine Will concerning other Religions — Boniface’s actions were a direct denial of the teaching of the Abu Dhabi declaration signed by Francis, namely, that “[t]he pluralism and the diversity of religions … are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings”
  • Not respecting our “Common Home” — his cutting down of the tree was a violent attack on the environment, our common home, and contradicts the encyclical Laudato Si’, which prescribes the proper care of creation; moreover, by using a pretext of religion to waste a natural resource, he committed blasphemy and disrupted the ecological harmony that exists between all the members of creation; his action represents an improper dominion over Mother Nature, which we have a duty to safeguard and protect
As you can see, St. Boniface wouldn’t make it very far in the Vatican II religion, nor would he be held in esteem by today’s Modernists-masquerading-as-Catholics. Therefore, any celebration of this great bishop and martyr by the Novus Ordo establishment is pure hypocrisy. Were Boniface alive today, Francis would be the first one to denounce him!

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