“Boniface” gets it: what most Catholics experience day to day is a different religion July 16, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
I am putting words in a very good man’s mouth. I hope he does not mind. If he does, eh, I tried, I’ll change the lede.
Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam, as always, has a very good post up on a disturbing trend many have noticed: conservativish Catholics already starting to yield to the new court-enforced cultural paradigm, seeking accommodation with our sodomite overlords. Of course they are careful not to go full-bore in embrace of sodomy, they maintain a fig leaf of adherence to Sacred Doctrine, but they make clear that in the cultural calamity that is the advance of the sexular pagan agenda, it is Catholics who need more convertin’ than the pagans.
And as he goes along, he notes, while not quite using the same words, that what passes for Catholicism in most places in the Church these days is a cheap, dingy knockoff of the spotless, eternal original (I add emphasis and comments):
Since the infamous gay marriage ruling of June 26th, 2015, I have noticed a very troubling trend in the Catholic world. I’m not sure what to call it exactly, but I think I will say it is a sort of “tactical accommodation.” What is this tactical accommodation? It is a degree of measured accommodation to homosexuality that, while stopping short of actually affirming it, allows a certain amount of legitimacy of some of the points of the homo-fascist crowd, thus giving the appearance of compromise to one side while maintaining fidelity to Catholic teaching on the other. I believe the purpose of this accommodation is to save some face with the other side.
In practice, this looks something like, “I believe in traditional marriage, but I also believe that conservative Catholics have generally failed at loving homosexual adequately.”……
Or another favorite, “The Church’s teaching has not changed; but at the same time, I think the Church needs to more fully utilize the unique gifts and that homosexuals can bring.”
And so on.
It’s as if the Supreme Court ruling is being used as an occasion for self-reflection; not a reflection on the corrupt morals of the world or the need for a stronger defense of Church teaching, mind you, but an occasion to reflect on how we can be more accommodating to homosexuality. [I have encountered this dozens if not hundreds of times over the past few years. I rarely discuss it on this blog, but I have seen it often. It starts with an assumption that it is the radical immoralities proposed by the culture that are somehow reasonable and legitimate, and the Church that, in being reasonable, must at least meet them halfway. It is the dread influence of the diabolical error of Hegelian logic: thesis, antithesis, synthesis. This endarkenment inspired outlook makes all points of view legitimate (and basically morally neutral to one another) and seeks only the lowest common denominator of compromise with the world. How much of the hierarchical behavior of the Church over the past 50 years could fit such a paradigm? A very great deal]
Even so, the message is clear: The Church is the problem. It is Catholics who have been intolerant. Homosexuals are the victims who have not been sufficiently appreciated. It is the faithful who need to change their approach to homosexuality, not homosexuals who need to conform their lives to the truth. [Have you seen this play out? I have.]
……..This sort of waffling about the evils of the age is how the Church shifted massively to the left after Vatican II: Catholics ceded ground to the progressives, such that what was once merely Catholicism was redefined as “integralism.” This horrid lie has Catholics believing that our perennial Tradition is “radical Traditionalism” while what goes on at your typical Catholic parish is “Catholicism.” [shorter Boniface, channeling Dismas: different religion]
Similarly, the Church’s traditional, uncompromising approach to homosexuality will increasingly be seen as “rigid” and “unmerciful” as Catholics, pressured by society, cede ground to the homo-fascists by making the sorts of wrist-wringing, self-condemnatory statements mentioned above. Traditional Catholic disgust at such acts – which are sins crying to heaven for vengeance – will be seen as an “extreme” position, which will be contrasted to the other “extreme” of homosexual acceptance. The new middle, the new orthodoxy, will be a kind of Kasperian dichotomy that still affirms the inadmissibility of homosexual relations while steadfastly refusing to say anything even remotely “negative” about them. And this new center will be put forward as “the Church’s teaching.”
I’ve again taken more than what is fair. You must go finish reading the Post at USC, as it contains a brilliant quote from Saint John Chrysostom on the evil of sodomy. I was sorely tempted to copy that, too, because it is very powerful and goes back to a very early period in the Church’s history. Only a thoroughgoing modernist could reject such a clear statement from such a powerful, unimpeachable source.
Isn’t the timing of all this remarkable? Supreme Court declares pseudo-sodo-marriage “legal” at the federal level in 2013, followed by the Extraordinary Synod in 2014 featuring an unprecedented attack on the family from within the Church herself. This is followed by Supreme Court imposition of pseudo-sodo-marriage on the 50 states in 2015, with the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming 2015 Ordinary Synod containing the same objectionable statements rejected by the bishops (or failing to gain approval) in 2014. Of course, there have been similar developments in Europe over the past 2-3 years.
You know me, I’m generally very cold to conspiracy theories, but this sudden and severe push virtually everywhere in the “developed” world, penetrating every manner of Christian Church or sect (but not the Orthodox? Well, certainly not the Russians) and even into the Church, so suddenly and with such amazing success, makes me wonder. The last 4 years have seen a complete sea change on this matter, a preference cascade (if the polls are at all right – I’m beginning to wonder) of unprecedented proportions. Has there ever been a cultural cave on a matter formerly so universally held in abhorrence as this one (contraception, maybe)? And especially given how tiny is the population being given into, it makes me wonder what is really propelling this massive shift. I think Reilly’s arguments are very powerful, but are so many people really so willing to believe an utter lie in order to preserve some rationalization they hold? Or are there other factors, maybe other agents, behind these never-before-seen developments?
I think one aspect is that there is a confluence – a unanimity – to elite opinion throughout Western culture like there has never been before. They are all, virtually to a man, committed partisans of the socialistic sexular pagan ethos. But is it a deliberate conspiracy? Or simply a bizarre by-product of the universalization of leftism in education (especially elite education), industry, and government that has brought us to this unbelievable confluence of events?
How is it that a Russian autocrat now regularly comes off as the most sane man in the room?