“terribilis ut castrorum acies ordinata”
Roberto de Mattei : The term Acies Ordinata which we have chosen for our initiative seeks to honor the Blessed Mother, who is given this title in the Song of Songs (6:3, 9). It expresses the idea of an army arrayed for battle in a calm and orderly way. As sons and daughters of the Church Militant, we want to break the sepulchral silence of the Pastors of the Church in the face of an unprecedented doctrinal and moral crisis. Our attitude is one of opposition and resistance in which we rely not on the spoken word but on an action. Our public witness, both combative and prayerful, is actually a word. To speak does not mean to move one’s lips but rather to exteriorly manifest one’s personal faith. Words pronounced without faith and against the Faith, says Ernest Hello, are the suicide of the word. Our symbolic action is above all a profession of the Catholic Faith which seeks to restore to God that honor which has been taken away from Him. It is also an appeal to the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, asking that someone among them will have the courage to stand up in the synod and break the silence, speaking the truth to the Pope. If this does not happen, our silence will resound in time as a warning, expressed by a symbolic image: the image of an army arrayed for battle which is ready to fight. By thus lining up for battle the army is already fighting, and by choosing to take up arms it has already won, because we have not been asked to conquer but simply to fight. It is God who gives the victory, how and when He wills.
Complete interview: https://www.catholicfamilynews.org
St Peter Damian feast day February 21st or 23rd
On February 21, the Vatican will open a summit of the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences from all over the world to address the topic of “The Protection of Minors in the Church”. First called by Pope Francis last September in consultation with his Council of Cardinals (“C9”), the meeting is largely a response to the new wave of sexual abuse revelations which rocked the Church in America last summer, particularly those involving the recently laicized Theodore McCarrick (found guilty of several “delicts” by the CDF in Rome) as well as the Pennsylvania grand jury report.
On the eve of the Vatican summit, an international coalition of lay people known as Acies Ordinata has organized a public demonstration in Piazza San Silvestro in the center of Rome. Catholic Family News has asked several questions of Professor Roberto de Mattei, president of the Lepanto Foundation and organizer of this event. CFN thanks Professor de Mattei for his willingness to conduct this interview and encourages readers to follow the demonstration online by visiting the official website, www.aciesordinata.org.