"You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you do..."
Our Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 8:44)
So spoke Our Blessed Saviour to disbelieving Jews over 2000 years ago. The gravity of Our Lord's words regarding disbelief must be taken seriously, this was not rhetoric. Our Lord spoke only the truth; He is Truth.
One would think that a Catholic bishop would take Our Lord's words seriously. Enough so, to proclaim Him the only way for Peace, and to recall adherents of false religions to conversion. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's "secretary for Relations with States", recently gave an address in Rome on "religions" and "peace". Sadly, one has to search the speech for any reference to the holy name of "Jesus": but there He is: mentioned only once and by a lay woman, as quoted by the Archbishop. Incredibly, Our Lord Jesus Christ is not the focus of this speech on peace, but "religions". That the odd truth may be found in a false religion is obvious, but that only makes the danger of religious indifferentism all the more pernicious and deadly. One only needs a drop of poison to spoil a bowl of soup.
The archbishop is also wrong about "religions" bringing peace. He fails to mention that Our Lord came down from Heaven, founded one religion, and died an agonizing death on the cross, in obedience to the Father to bring us the only way of salvation, the only way to peace. True peace is Our Lord Jesus Christ. The other religions are of the antichrist: this means Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and so on. 'Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ. This is the antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son" (1 Jn 2:22). There can be no peace outside of Jesus Christ. Anything else is blasphemy, and should recall to us the stern warnings of St. Paul in Thessalonians about the Man of Perdition.
The Archbishop quotes selectively Benedict XV. I encourage all readers to read the holy Pope's Appeal for Peace in its entirety. The entire theme is that there is no peace outside of Jesus. This the archbishop hides.
"Our Lord Jesus Christ came down from Heaven for the very purpose of restoring amongst men the Kingdom of Peace, which the envy of the devil had destroyed, and it was His will that it should rest on no other foundation than that of brotherly love. These are His own oft-repeated words: "A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another (John xiv. 34). (Benedict XV, (Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum).