Dennis Prager gets it: leftism is the dominant religion of our time July 15, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Boy howdy. I could not agree more, at least with that point. And also with this corollary: leftism has influenced all other religions, including islam (in its violent reaction against it) than any religion has influenced it. In fact, more and more religions, including Katholycism, are really just leftism with a patina of religion added.
Of course, this must always be the case. Leftism is a messianic religion of diabolical origins that inverts Truth and will brook no competition. And we are in for the roughest of rides imaginable, given what is happening at the highest levels of the Church. First, Mr. Prager:
The pope’s acceptance of Morales’s gift — along with his attacks on capitalism during his Latin American tour — further confirms one of the most troubling moral developments of our time: The Roman Catholic Church is currently led by a man whose social, political, and economic views have been shaped by leftism more than by any other religious or moral system. [Prager is an orthodox Jew. His only dog in this fight is that he is strongly conservative and opposes leftism in all its forms. Is his diagnosis of Pope Francis’ outlook significant? I think it is.]
It also reconfirms what is probably the single most important development one needs to understand in order to make sense of the contemporary world: The most dynamic religion of the past hundred years has been leftism, not Christianity, not Islam, not any other traditional religion. Indeed, regarding traditional religions, leftism has influenced them — particularly Christianity and Judaism — far more than they have influenced the Left. Mainstream Protestant Christianity, much of Catholicism (especially in Latin America, where Pope Francis lived his whole life before becoming pope), and most of non-Orthodox Judaism have become essentially liberal/Left movements with religious (and in the case of Judaism, ethnic) identity…….
……..My heart breaks for the millions of Catholics who feel that their beloved Church is being led over a moral and religious cliff by a leftist pope and innumerable other leftists among cardinals, bishops, and parish priests.
Though I am not a Catholic, my heart breaks too. The only institutions that can resist the left-wing takeover of contemporary life are religious ones. When they fail, upon which institutions can we depend?
Tragically, we cannot turn to the contemporary Catholic Church. When the pope keeps a hammer-and-sickle crucifix; when the pope declares free-market capitalism, the one economic system that has lifted masses of people out of poverty, to be largely evil (“the dung of the devil”); when Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega declares that there are no political prisoners in Cuba; and when the pope issues an encyclical on global warming while the oldest Christian communities in the world are exterminated, it is clear that while one can still turn to individual Catholic priests and lay leaders for moral guidance, one cannot turn to the Church and its pope for moral guidance. On the contrary. One must fight back. [he goes a bit off there at the end. THE CHURCH IS MORE THAN THE POPE! Yet we can see how the error of hyper-montanism has been so widespread as to sink even into the minds of those outside the Church. We most certainly can and MUST “turn” to the Church, in her perennial Truth which NO MAN CAN CHANGE! Even with 50 years of a competing religion being foisted on us by revolutionaries at every level of the Church, the voice of the perennial Magisterium still OUTVOTES THEM 20:1!. I also think he’s a bit off about the unalloyed good of capitalism, knowing the perspective he comes from, I’ll pass over that.]
Now via Rorate, revelations that Laudato Si was influenced – and WRITTEN – by a cabal of extreme progressive modernists whose influence at the Vatican has veritably exploded in recent months. I won’t take much, just the conclusion, but the details presented are hugely important and I encourage you to read the whole thing:
“A Radical Vatican?” [an article written by sudden Vatican confidant and collaborator, and extraordinarily radical enviro-nut, Naomi Klein in the New Yorker last week]is noteworthy not only as an example of how secular figures that the Vatican itself considers as allies are treating the encyclical as an epochal break from Catholic tradition, but also for its passages about the theological intentions behind the encyclical. (See below; emphases ours.) Here we find Naomi Klein quoting Fr. Seán McDonagh, who is part of the “administrative team” of the ultra-liberal and theologically dissident “Association of Catholic Priests” (ACP) in Ireland— and was involved in drafting the encyclical. McDonagh’s role in draftingLaudato Si is trumpeted not just by the ACP’s website (which calls him “one of the chief advisors to the Vatican in the composition of the encylical”) but by his own congregation (the Columbans — see this) and by Vatican Radio, which not only acknowledges that he was one of the theologians consulted for the encyclical, but also chose to interview him about its importance. (Keep in mind that it is exceedingly rare for any of the actual drafters or advisors for an Encyclical to be publicly identified by official Church sources.)…….. [but as we all know, the usual rules do not apply to leftists]
………There can be no doubt that the Pope and his circles, in both word and deed, are attempting an institutional alignment of the Church with certain strains of “environmentalism” and with left-leaning “popular movements” — a move that will have far reaching practical implications even for the day-to-day life of the Church.
What the media (both secular and Catholic) have reported about the “Communist crucifixes” is but the proverbial tip of the iceberg of what has been happening in the last few weeks. It is no exaggeration to say that the “deep”, “total” and “irreversible” change of which some of the Pope’s closest advisers (Cardinals Maradiaga, Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Tucho Fernandez) have spoken about since the beginning of the year, has begun to be implemented at a fierce and rapid pace.
I am afraid that is right.
I have only two things more things to say. First, this is a different religion being proffered. Secondly, nothing is permanent in this world. The leftists will never be able to implement “irreversible” revolutionary change. That is one reason among many why death is a gift. These men will die, and be replaced by better men, eventually, in what will probably be a much, much smaller Church. In fact, we should even rejoice in some respect at this hard progressive turn we’ve seen, as it will bring about more cleansing from the Church and will result in an eventual traditional dominance that much sooner. The tragedy is that millions upon millions of souls will probably fall into hell as a result, but, eventually, the progressives – who never make converts and sure don’t reproduce themselves – will eventually die off. They will do unimaginable damage in the interim, but, given the depth of crisis we are at already, it might well be a blessed thing to go ahead and accelerate it and get it over with. I’ve generally not agreed with that philosophy, but since it seems the progressive maelstrom is coming, let it come quickly and be over with quickly.
Meanwhile, many even once fairly decent souls have observed how the tide has turned and reacted accordingly.