“American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity” in the face of the liberal culture August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Brother Andre Marie from Catholicism.org sent out a letter the other day, portions of which I thought merited sharing with readers. It’s a very good summation of the abrogation of duty that has marked the Church in this country since its inception. Happy for years just to be relatively free to practice our Faith with relatively little government interference (until recently), the Church in these United States has long failed in its primary duties to proclaim the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church and especially the notion of the Church as the unique institution created by Our Blessed Lord for the salvation of souls. America has been permeated with endarkenment ideals since its founding, and perhaps the key ideal absorbed from the 18th century philosphes is that of religious indifference. Regarding all religions as basically equal is a particularly American quality, and it is one that, through Dignitatis Humanae and other portions of Vatican II came to become dominant within the entire Church.
I’m getting ahead of myself, however, below find some insightful analysis on the historical failure in duty of the Church in this country:
By and large, American Catholicism has a long history of cowardice and complicity in the face of the dominant, non-Catholic culture around us. It is a tradition going all the way back to our first Bishop John Carroll (Yes, there are notable and edifying exceptions). As long as public morals in our democratic republic were more generally on the side of the natural law and vague “Judeo-Christian values,” this cowardice and complicity did not look as obviously terrible as it in fact was. Now that the never-ending protestant revolution and its related cultural revolutions have brought us Bruce “Call me Caitlyn” Jenner, gender-neutral “marriage,” and the constant discovery of previously unheard of “fundamental human rights,” this cowardice and complicity looks really bad.
While the name of this sickly Catholicism is legion, one of its faces is seen in the obsequious way Catholic prelates deal with evil politicians, and in the sickly reaction of some of them to the Obergefell decision. But it goes back to a sort of Norman Rockwell approach to religion that makes up part of the national air we breathe: the indifferentist Catholicism of the “good old days” before Vatican II…….
…….American freedom is not enough. Democratic tolerance of our religion is insufficient. The faith, hope, and charity of the Catholic Church in America will be put to the test. Only then will they become what they ought to be. We may not content ourselves with practicing our faith because it is permitted by society. We must no longer rely on the love of this world, or the protection of laws, or the civility of our countrymen. We need to do what is right, because it is God’s Will – period; a point we seem to have missed of late.
When the nanny state turns on us, it will be payback time for the sloth of American Catholics. WE have failed to convert the nation, and failed (on the whole) even to challenge our countrymen with the Faith. From the beginning, we have sucked from the breast of American prosperity (now quickly vanishing), and basked in the liberties of our nation – but for what? Has it been to achieve our fundamental purpose in life; sanctity, God’s glory, and the salvation of souls? Or have we been merely content to have “equal rights” for truth and error? We will be hoist on that petard; for, when we oppose “equal rights” for all manner of unnatural perversion, blasphemy, and sacrilege, the formerly tolerant system will turn on us because we are now against equality. [I think this is the paragraph that is really the key. Catholics today and going forward are going to have to pay the price for the historic failings of American Catholics to take advantage of their past comfortable position to declare ALL the Truth Christ has revealed – including the vital truth regarding the need to be visibly, actively Catholic to insure salvation – to the dominant protestant libertine culture. There have been very few major voices in the Catholic Church in this country, going back decades, who have forcefully preached the necessity of being Catholic for salvation. Yes, yes, I understand there are narrow exceptions, but those exceptions have in practice been presented as the rule, a sort of prototype “fundamental option” that has declared for centuries that pretty much everyone of even remotely good will is saved, and certainly that conversion to the Church Jesus Christ established was not even normally necessary for salvation. The Church in this country (and, with its mighty influence, other countries as well) has by and large embraced the false doctrine of “tolerance” and, as Brother Andre points out, is going to be most painfully hoisted on this petard of its own making. It will not be fun, but it will be cleansing, if we accept the nascent persecution as God’s will and preach the Gospel in season and out.]
Some will accuse me of being too negative. They will say I am dwelling on evil and not on God’s goodness and mercy. True, the Religion is fundamentally an affirmation, not a denial. Denial comes in the face of sin and error, and it can only be proper if ti is based on what we affirm – namely, truth and virtue. But, if we do not oppose sin and evil, then we are weak or defective in our affirmations – i.e., in the actual content and practice of our divinely revealed Religion; then, too, our love of God is lackluster at best.
To those who would sissify us in our resistance, we say, with holy Job, “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job vii:1); with Saint Jude: “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude i:3); and with the gentle Good Shepherd, “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth; I came not to send peace, but the sword” (Matt x:34).
And to those in whom bitter zeal (Jas iii:14) might be inclined to turn Catholic militancy into something rancorous, proud, or self-serving, we need to recall that sanctity is evinced by the living of seemingly contrary virtues…….The saint is zealous and meek, prudent and bold, fearless in the defense of God’s glory and humble concerning his own glory, and so on. ‘Tis not easy. But it is God’s will.
Sursum corda! Obergefell, my brothers and sisters, calls us to become saints!
I’m out of time! I hope you found this edifying, sorry if some of my points were not fully developed, I’m already very late for Mass!