jump to navigation

Pat Buchanan on the Church’s “new direction” November 15, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disconcerting, episcopate, error, General Catholic, history, Holy suffering, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, shocking, Society.

Stalwart conservative commentator Pat Buchanan sees a sea change in the recent rhetoric coming out of the Vatican, as evidenced by the recent address by the papal nuncio to the USCCB at their recent annual meeting. Buchanan sees signs of a surrender in the culture war.  But as he points out, declaring a one-sided “truce” doesn’t mean the other side will grant you an armistace, and in this case, it means the Church will simply be rolled up and crushed to the greatest extent possible.

It’s a bit of a long commentary, read the whole thing here.  Some excerpts below (I add emphasis and comments):

“Pope Francis doesn’t want cultural warriors; he doesn’t want ideologues,” said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.  [I am not certain I would trust Bishop Cupich’s interpretation of Pope Francis’ wishes.  And they remain that, these are not infallible commands or de fide beliefs, they are wishes and guidance, deserving respect but not, necessarily, lock step obedience.  Bishop Cupich is certainly part of the progressive sect of bishops who anticipate Pope Francis “swinging the pendulum back” to the disastrous days of the 60s and 70s.]

“The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep.”

Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader……

…Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.

There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it. [And lose it in the most catastrophic fashion, with horrendous consequences for souls, which need I remind, is the point of it all]

….Goodstein [Laurie Goodstein, anti-Catholic writer for the New York Times]  quotes the Holy Father as listing among the “most serious of the evils” today “youth unemployment.” And he calls upon Catholics not to be “obsessed” with abortion or same-sex marriage.

But is teenage unemployment really a graver moral evil than the slaughter of 3,500 unborn every day in a land we used to call “God’s Country”?

Papal encyclicals like Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno have much to teach about social justice in an industrial society.

But what is the special expertise of the church in coping with teenage unemployment? Has the Curia done good scholarly work on the economic impact of the minimum wage? [Ha.  Indeed.  The Church has no special charism when it comes to economics, or engineering, or any of a whole host of policy issues. The Church should instead confine itself to those areas that are its expertise, faith and morals.]

The cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci is continuing its “long march” through the institutions of the West and succeeding where the violent revolutions of Lenin and Mao failed. [Indeed. Our current “community organizer” president is a disciple of Gramsci, as are far too many bureaucrats in the Church.  What the hierarchy must understand is that the Left seeks no accommodation with the Church, it seeks its total extirpation from human society and even its memory obliterated.  Any “deals” with the left are destructive of the Church and of souls.]

It is effecting a transvaluation of all values. And it is not interested in a truce with the church of Pope Francis, but a triumph over that church which it reviles as the great enemy in its struggle.

Indeed, after decades of culture war waged against Christianity, the Vatican might consider the state of the Faith.

Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.

The pope, says Goodstein, refers to proselytizing as “solemn nonsense.” But to proselytize is to convert nonbelievers.

And when Christ admonished his apostles, “Go forth and teach all nations,” and ten of his twelve were martyred doing so, were they not engaged in the Church’s true commission — to bring souls to Christ.

Pope Francis comes out of the Jesuits.

Hence, one wonders: Did those legendary Jesuits like St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs make a mistake proselytizing and baptizing, when they could have been working on youth unemployment among the Mohawks?  [A great question.  How can so much of the history of the Church be squared with what is being proclaimed today?]

Good article, insightful questions.  One would expect nothing less than Patrick J. Buchanan.  I think many Catholics would argue, as I would, that we have a duty, in charity, to evangelize others, oppose abortion, contraception, and all the other moral evils, with all the strength and conviction we can muster, for numerous reasons.

The Faith is not an exercise in sentimentality masquerading as charity, where souls are left in sin due to some assumption they will be saved no matter what.  And there will be a horrific price to pay, by faithful souls, should the left win total victory in the culture war.

We can be assured of a vicious persecution should that tragedy develop, and along the way, as well.

BTW, yours truly may appear in a near-future Wall Street Journal article.


1. TG - November 15, 2013

It’s ashamed when Paul’s rebuke comes in the form of the laity such as Pat, Louie V., and others. I have yet to hear a rebuke from a cardinal or bishop. Maybe I’ve missed it.

2. Baseballmom - November 15, 2013

I have tried, and failed, to make this point over at Church Militant… My emails with one of their staff have been rather viciously dismissed… When it comes to Pope Francis they still have (as of. A few weeks ago) a fine pair of rose colored glasses firmly attached…

tantamergo - November 15, 2013

I disagree with their approach somewhat, as well. The fear is that they will scandalize people out of the Faith if they criticize the Pope. Ostensibly, anyone else is fair game, but the phenomenon seems to be spreading to others, as well, like this Cardinal Maradiaga. I will note, however, it was Michael who pointed me to the post I quoted earlier today from “Bones You Crush Thrill” blog.

They have made a prudential decision not to criticize the Pope, as a matter of policy. I know that is frustrating some CMTV supporters. I don’t know if that policy will hold forever. I tend to think that if things get bad enough, he’ll jump into the fray. But for now, they’re sticking with it. It’s a prudential matter, I’m not sure it’s the right choice, but it’s their’s to make.

Dominus vobiscum!

Baseballmom - November 16, 2013

I figured that might be the case…. These are very tough times for everyone… Times that will produce great saints, I pray….

3. Michael P. Mc Crory. - November 16, 2013

Much ado about nothing , per usual.

Dominus vobiscum!

4. Michael P. Mc Crory. - November 16, 2013

I think highly of Pat Buchanan but he is not the Pope.

Please do not put more weight to his words than to those of Pope Francis. Common sense surely.

5. Nancy - November 16, 2013

See page 116-117 of the pope’s book On Heaven and Earth, where pope Francis, prior to being elected pope, confirms the media reports that he condones same-sex sexual unions that are private, do not include children, and are not called marriage. One cannot support same-sex sexual unions without supporting same-sex sexual acts, thus prior to being elected pope, pope Francis was not in communion with Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.


6. john - November 18, 2013

Pat Buchanan is a good man. Unfortunately there is an attack story about his over at breitbart. I guess he “dared” to question the Jewish lobby..
We cant do that, let alone publish their errors anywhere, lest we be called “antisemitic”.

7. Don - November 18, 2013

From The Sunday Times —

Francis effect’ pulls crowds back to church

George Arbuthnott and Luke Garratt Published: 17 November 2013

POPE FRANCIS has inspired a surge in attendances and confessions in the Roman Catholic Church, reversing decades of decline.

In the eight months since he was chosen, cathedrals in Britain have seen a rise of about 20% in congregations, drawing in both new and lapsed members.

More than half of the priests surveyed in Italy said there had been a rise in support for the church. In Spain, the church has halted a decade-long slump in attendance.

Catholic leaders in the US, France and Latin America report growth in the faithful. In Argentina, the Pope’s home country, 12% more now define themselves as religious than before his appointment.

The results suggest Francis’s “electrifying” appeal is breathing new life into a church badly stained by the serial paedophile priest scandals. It is understood he is now talking about setting up church courts around the world to deal with paedophile priests more

To see the full article you need to subscribe

8. St. Benedict's Thistle - November 18, 2013

Perhaps Pope Francis is bringing in “the crowds”. It remains to be seen if these individuals will stay. I fear it is rather like the Evangelical altar calls of a charismatic preacher. There is a rush of emotion that soon fades, and the individual’s faith fades with it.

Pope Benedict XVI mentioned a smaller Church. That seems more likely at this point, especially since the trend has been that way for decades, and the causes have not been fully or even partially addressed.

Baseballmom - November 18, 2013

I thought of this article in the same way…. Altar calls. After a while, because the seed has fallen on rocky ground, these folks will fade away… Looking for the next big thing. Pope Benedict understood the situation far better, a smaller Church is on the way.

Sorry comments are closed for this entry

%d bloggers like this: