The programs of, and teaching at St Thomas Aquinas College, support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
- Elected government.
- The rule of law.
- Equal rights for all before the law.
- Freedom of religion.
- Freedom of speech and association.
- The values of openness and tolerance.
With the Immaculate comment :
St. Thomas teaches that the end does not justify the means. The catechism taught that even to save his life, a Christian could not apostatize their faith or make a sin. If someone told us: Defend freedom of religion or I'll kill you, what should we do, in your opinion? Did not the Saints prefer to die rather than voluntarily commit a single venial sin? And to defend religious freedom, when you realize the gravity, is that not the equivalent of apostasy? Is it not a mortal sin? Did Our Lord not say,"Let your yes be yes, your no be no, everything else comes from the devil ." ?
To officially advocate religious freedom, freedom of expression or association goes directly against the teachings of the Church expressed by Pius XII. The social doctrine of the Church tolerates error in some cases and to some extent, but she never gave it freedom, that is to say, we give error the the same rights as the truth. It is not moral to defend the principle of freedom of religion, freedom of expression or association because it leads to the worst of disorders, such that we can now see the loss of millions of souls. Advocating religious freedom is to fight against the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Even for grants to open a school, we can not commit the sin of apostasy and write it on the internet. This money earned through sin, God looks at it with horror. It is better to have a poor school or no school at all. In our opinion, this text is a mortal sin to the Fraternity (Society) of St. Pius X. God will require rigorous accounts. We asked Bishop Tissier de Mallerais to respond publicly to the scandal and ask that they immediately change this page of the school website. If this means moving from the school buidings to smaller premises, so be it. Better to be poor, than in mortal sin and what is worse, the mortal sin is also a public scandal. Such an act is extremely serious and shows that the Fraternity (SSPX) is lost. This reinforces our position you need to leave the Fraternity (SSPX)
When we remember what the popes said about these freedoms !
Gregory XVI in Mirari Vos:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish [freedom of the press] any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, terrible freedoms, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again?
How can the SSPX promote such freedoms condemned by the popes ?
It may be objected that this is a 'showcase' and that it is done in order to be subsidized : does this prevent the official website of this school to "dare to demand and promote' 'terrible freedoms' something condemned by the Magisterium!
Translation of the original French