THE Pope will deliver a blistering attack on the satanic mores of modern society today, warning against an inane apologia of evil that is in danger of destroying humanity.
In a series of Good Friday meditations that he will lead in Rome, the Pope will say that society is in the grip of a kind of anti-Genesis described as a diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family. He will pray for society to be cleansed of the filth that surrounds it and be restored to purity, freed from decadent narcissism.
The meditations is striking in its contrast to the contemporary fashion for feel-good religion.
At the Third Station of the Cross, where Jesus falls for the first time, Archbishop Comastri has written: Lord, we have lost our sense of sin. Today a slick campaign of propaganda is spreading an inane apologia of evil, a senseless cult of Satan, a mindless desire for transgression, a dishonest and frivolous freedom, exalting impulsiveness, immorality and selfishness as if they were new heights of sophistication.
At the Fourth Station, where Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrene to carry the cross, Pope Benedict and his followers will pray: Lord Jesus, our affluence is making us less human, our entertainment has become a drug, a source of alienation, and our societys incessant, tedious message is an invitation to die of selfishness.
One of the strongest meditations warns against the attack on the family. Today we seem to be witnessing a kind of anti-Genesis, a counter-plan, a diabolical pride aimed at eliminating the family.
There is a moving meditation for the Eighth Station, where Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem, describing the River of tears shed by mothers, mothers of the crucified, mothers of murderers, mothers of drug addicts, mothers of terrorists, mothers of rapists, mothers of psychopaths, but mothers all the same.
The Pope will also confront the question of evil in the world in a meditation that asks: Where is Jesus in the agony of our own time, in the division of our world into belts of prosperity and belts of poverty . . . in one room they are concerned about obesity, in the other, they are begging for charity?
Perhaps we are too accepting of the evil that surrounds us. Perhaps we shouldn't be. Isaiah said there will come a time when men will no longer call sin sin. Are we there now?