Pope Pius XII, on the eve of World War II, outlined the cause of the War: rejection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Since that War, the confusion, the error, the evil has only increased. The diabolical is only on the increase.
St. Peter, shortly after Our Lord's Resurrection - after the most horrendous manifestation of the diabolical - proclaimed to a large crowd of Jews: "Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved". (Acts 4:12). Stirred by the first Pope's words, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Jews converted, leaving their darkness and confusion, accepting Christ and renouncing the "father of lies".
In our day, there is a great need to accept and re-accept Christ. Let us now turn to the words of the saintly Pontiff, words that are more applicable today, then when they were written in 1939.
The holy Pope wrote in Summi Pontificatus:
The Holy Gospel narrates that when Jesus was crucified “there was darkness over the whole earth” (Matthew xxvii. 45); a terrifying symbol of what happened and what still happens spiritually wherever incredulity, blind and proud of itself, has succeeded in excluding Christ from modern life, especially from public life, and has undermined faith in God as well as faith in Christ.
The consequence is that the moral values by which in other times public and private conduct was gauged have fallen into disuse; and the much vaunted civilization of society, which has made ever more rapid progress, withdrawing man, the family and the State from the beneficent and regenerating effects of the idea of God and the teaching of the Church, has caused to reappear, in regions in which for many centuries shone the splendors of Christian civilization, in a manner ever clearer, ever more distinct, ever more distressing, the signs of a corrupt and corrupting paganism: “There was darkness when they crucified Jesus” (Roman Breviary, Good Friday, Response Five).
...With the weakening of faith in God and in Jesus Christ, and the darkening in men’s minds of the light of moral principles, there disappeared the indispensable foundation of the stability and quiet of that internal and external, private and public order, which alone can support and safeguard the prosperity of States.
...In Our days, on the contrary, dissensions come not only from the surge of rebellious passion, but also from a deep spiritual crisis which has overthrown the sound principles of private and public morality.