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An indication of the trouble we’re headed for – UPDATED! September 1, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, Society.

In many respects, Britain has been and remains a “cultural leader” for the United States.  While we certainly cast off the shackles of a distant monarchy long ago, Britain in many respects continues to serve as a sort of sneak peek of where the United States is headed, culturally.  I don’t want to take the analogy too far, but I think there is some merit in looking at Britain for a view of what the future of the United States could likely be.  Especially in terms of the growing power of centralized government and the devolvement of a free society into one of government over-reach in all areas of life, but especially in the areas of socialist politico-economic policies and invasion of privacy.  In addition to this, of course, is the slow slide of a country away from faith in God and towards a slouching paganism. 

Naturally, I have a case in point.  Via Fr. Z, comes a story from the socialist Guardian reporting comments by an aid to the Archbishop of Westminster, the lead bishop in England, decrying the current culture in Britain. 

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster has distanced himself from an aide who said gay rights and the commercialisation of sex had turned Britain into a “selfish, hedonistic wasteland” and “the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death”.

The comments from Edmund Adamus, director of pastoral affairs at the diocese of Westminster and an adviser to the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, have angered gay rights and secularists groups and provoked embarrassment among the Catholic hierarchy weeks before the pope visits Britain.

Senior figures, including Lord Patten of Barnes, have been keen to stress that the UK, while secular, is not anti-Catholic and that the pope is not flying into hostile territory.

Adamus told the Catholic news agency Zenit there was an “aggressive anti-Catholic bias towards the church and the pontiff” in this country that exceeded even countries that violently persecuted Christians.

“Historically, and continuing right now, Britain, and in particular, London, has been and is the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death.

“Our laws and lawmakers for over 50 years or more have been the most permissively anti-life and progressively anti-family and marriage, in essence one of the most anti-Catholic landscapes, culturally speaking, than even those places where Catholics suffer open persecution.”

He also talked about marriage and the role of men and women, urging Catholics to “exhibit counter-cultural signals against the selfish, hedonistic wasteland that is the objectification of women for sexual gratification.”

“Britain in particular, with its ever-increasing commercialisation of sex, not to mention its permissive laws advancing the ‘gay’ agenda, is such a wasteland.”

A spokesman for Nichols said the views expressed by Adamus “did not reflect the archbishop’s opinions”.

Ben Summerskill, from the gay rights group Stonewall, said the comments were “gratuitously offensive”.

He told the Independent: “The gratuitously offensive comments being made by the archbishop’s adviser are hardly likely to promote sensitive debate about respect for religion in the 21st century. You would think that, given its present status, the Roman Catholic church in Britain would be slightly more sensitive about wagging its finger at other people.

I don’t think anyone with a serious practice of the Christian faith can disagree with the aide’s comments.  I’ve been to Britain in the last several years, and it’s so sad as to be pathetic.  Huge, glorious churches are all but empty, even on Sunday.  We were in Britain for the Feast of the Visitation and there were about 25 people in the Brompton Oratory, one of the most famous Catholic Churches in Britain, for Mass that day.  Almost all the great churches operate more as museums than as places of worship, requiring fees for admittance and serving far more to gawking tourists than to the practice of the Faith. 

I find that last comment very troubling.  It’s not just that the practice of the Christian faith has been completley abandoned by the large majority of Britons – it is that they are coming to view the practice of the Faith as something strange and dangerous, something not to be tolerated.  That is, the view of this admittedly very secular person is such that the views of the world are all that matter, secular society has utterly won, and you churchy people better be careful or we’re not even going to allow you to go in their to have a very quiet service on Sunday.  I think there is a very strong probability that this country is headed in a similar direction, just lagging a few decades of decay behind.  With the gay “marriage” issue, once the courts over-ride the popular will (and even this will is fading), and as “hate crimes” legislation continues to spread and affect the judicial system through precedence, it will become more and more difficult to lead a public faith.  In Canada, until the Orwellian “human rights commisions” were finally defeated in the courts, a pastor could not publically denounce any kind of behavior that some favored group might enjoy.  Of course, that was not until a number of Christian’s lives had been utterly ruined, and the public practice of the faith in Canada was knocked back about 10 notches.  Heads they win, tails we lose. 

Then there’s the entire issue of Archbishop Nichols of Westminster (the primate, if you will, of England), not just saying that the aide speaks for himself and not for the diocese, but stating that he disagrees with what the aide said.  How he disagrees, we don’t know, but I would find it far more reassuring, heck, inspiring, to hear an Archbishop speak like that aide did, instead of throwing him under the bus and trying to keep his elite liberal credentials intact.

UPDATE: Think I’m exaggerating with the state of the culture in Britain?  A professor there just advocated forced sterilization of the “morally and mentally ‘unfit.'”  Wow, look at the wondrously benevolent nature of the secular culture!  Isn’t that great?  And forced sterilization has such a lovely precendent, doesn’t it?

Blessed Clemens von Galen, descendent of a great Teutonic Knight, pray for us!


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