Priest calls for active civil resistance to our immoral, Christ-hating government July 7, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, Interior Life, persecution, priests, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
I very much support this idea. I’ve lamented on this blog a number of times the institutionalization that has set into the pro-life movement, with constant cautions to only ever play it very safe and never give the movement a black eye by doing something dramatic. Gone are the early days of the movement with protesters forming human chains outside mill entrances, and Operation Rescue invading mills to try to save a few lives in heroic efforts.
Where has our passivity and deference to authority gotten us? Have things gotten better? Yes there have been limitations to abortions in many states, but it still remains very available and very cheap. It might be a bit more hassle if you live outside a major urban area, but those with even a modicum of determination can always have their baby killed. Meanwhile, in virtually every other area, the collapse of morality and virtue has only accelerated. Playing Mr. Nice Guy has gotten us nowhere:
Roe v. Wade, which the other two branches of government have tacitly endorsed, effectively condemned millions of innocent children to death, over 50 million to date. If the Shoah undercut the legitimacy of the German government, surely the many millions of innocent deaths have compromised legitimacy of our government. The most recent attack [Justice Kennedy’s imposition of pseudo-sodo-marriage] on the moral order has simply deepened the case.
Catholics and other Christians who oppose these crimes have stood fast in teaching and belief, but have done little to reverse them. In the days of Nazism, there was both condemnation and active resistance. That resistance was both non-violent and violent, and it had a role in actually defeating a powerful government and replacing it. [Small role]
Christian resistance has been virtually non-existent when it comes to active resistance to this government of ours that offends justice and truth and thereby contributed to the deaths of tens of millions. Now it has shattered marriage as a civil institution. Previous resistance has refused to recognize how the government delegitimizes itself by such actions. So the resistance is limited to trying to pass legislation to reverse abortion, and it will likely take the same approach on homosexual marriage. It simply refuses to oppose the government itself that has caused this madness. [I think many faithful souls, both Christian and protestant, are starting to recognize that this nation is no longer savable through recourse to the normal channels of legislation and all that. We’ve crossed the Rubicon to government by fiat and there is no going back. People need to start to think on what steps they would be willing to take to no longer recognize this government’s authority over them. More on that below]
Now, I believe firmly that to be effective, Christians must resist in non-violently, and only non-violently. But this resistance must take place in very public ways, by refusing to cooperate with a government that has involved itself in crimes against humanity, and in the destruction of marriage, family, and the social order based upon the family…….
……..The Church cannot remain neutral to this governmental aggression and reasonably hope to save its children from becoming children of the government.[Whole generations have been lost already while we willingly blinded ourselves to the awful truth that this government ceased to be moral 50 years ago with Griswold vs. Connecticut and has only descended more and more into outright promotion of evil since]This battle is just beginning, especially for the souls of children. They are soon going to be aggressively indoctrinated in this destruction of marriage just as they are being indoctrinated today in moral relativism with respect to human sexuality in government schools. Our children – all children – need a public witness to remind them they are in a hostile, anti-Christian environment. There is no time to lose.
I very much agree. But how many bishops do you think are really going to be willing to suffer the reaction that will come from promoting active resistance to the government? They are utterly dependent on remaining in the good graces of this immoral government for billions of dollars of funding annually. Few, if any, will take any real action – by personal leadership, as opposed to an occasional press release or speech – that will put that funding in threat. Of course, the calls to stop that funding are already exploding among the sexularists, it will be gone likely within a few years, anyway, but any strong Catholic response will have to come from the laity, with probably a few score good priests setting a helpful example.
I think many folks are much more in hunker down mode than they are preparing for active resistance. Patrick Archbold is running a series of posts from an interview with the reliably confrontational Ann Barnhardt exploring ways to resist the government. I will say this for Miss Barnhardt, she backs up her strong rhetoric with equally strong action. She has dramatically reduced her income and assets and refused to pay federal income taxes. She’s a financial expert, I’m sure she knows how to pull off what she’s doing with minimal legal repercussions – perhaps she could explain her method to all of us (maybe she has already, I don’t know). But it’s not an easy call, especially with dependents in the mix, to willingly slash one’s income to avoid funding this evil government. Nevertheless, it is a step that could be considered. I guess that is basically “going Galt.”
Fr. Pilon at the link posits a few mild forms of resistance: passing legislation (ummm……I thought he said that wasn’t effective?) to get states out of the marriage business altogether, or, alternatively, having the Church refuse to allow its priests to serve as official state agents at wedding ceremonies. Those may be OK for a start, but I don’t see either making much change in this culture. And, I’m not sure that 100,000 very faithful Catholics greatly reducing their income, willingly taking on a huge cross, will make much difference to a government very accustomed to running trillion dollar deficits. To be effective, millions would have to take part.
I thought the comments at First Things might hold more suggestions for resistance, but I saw basically none. I do think just getting the Church out of the state-recognition of marriage business is really just running away from the problem. It’s a very clericalist solution, in that it removes much of the immediate threat for the priest, but doesn’t address the broader problem at all.
This is something for me to think on. I’m not sure what kinds of active resistance to engage in. As for converting people back to reality/morality…….people are so disconnected from the truth, reality and morality that I don’t think anything short of a miracle or cultural collapse (forcing reality on them) will have any impact. Certainly our Church has failed mightily to catechize the culture (heck, the “faithful”) at all on all these matters leading this nation, inexorably, to its demise. I don’t see that changing now.
So……what steps are you, or would you, be willing to take, to demonstrate active resistance towards this government, and to try to oppose it or disassociate oneself from it as much as possible? One thought I’ve had, though it is to do more business on the side and off the books. Not my “real” job, certainly, but both my wife and I have other sources of income I won’t go into. Another idea is to get out of the farm program……that actually brings me money but I hate it, philosophically (I get money for doing nothing, just owning a farm), but it would be an easy way to reject another sign of this government’s legitimacy. There is always protesting. At the 4th of July parade in Irving there were a fair number of “floats” attacking the government’s legitimacy. That was heartening. Those are easy things. What about hard ones? As I said, I have to think about it, but I’m all ears to your suggestions.
I think the main point is: maybe we should all consider doing something. I really hope our good priests start making more suggestions and giving more guidance on how to respond to this immoral government actively, rather than passively waiting for them to come after us.