Christ or Chaos: Rejecting Christ does not result in cool rationalist enlightenment, it results in barbarism April 29, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Liturgical Year, Revolution, secularism, self-serving, sickness, silliness, The End.
Sorry I haven’t posted much of late. It’s been an interesting week. I’m doubly sorry for not posting much from The Liturgical Year, such a treasure of Catholic thought. Rectifying both, here is a bit from Gueranger’s writing on Pope St. Gregory VII, the great Hildebrand who rescued the Church from the grip of barbarism and the tyranny of the secularizing state. Gregory VII, more than anyone else, set the stage for the exaltation of Christendom which occurred in the 12th and 13th centuries. Now, 800 years later, the West – the creation of Christendom – has grown old and tired, and seeks to die. What comes in its place will not be happy, it will be hell, which is exactly what you get when you reject Christianity en masse. Even though written 150 years ago, the excerpt below paints a grim and prophetic vision of the future, one playing out before our eyes.
From pp. 386-7 of The Liturgical Year Vol. 8:
…….Governments have rebelled against the spiritual power; they have thrown off obedience to the Vicar of Christ; they have refused to acknowledge the control of any authority over earth. The people, on their part, have revolted against their governments, that is, against a power which has ceased to have any visible and sacred connection with God; and this twofold revolt is now hurrying society on to destruction.
This world belongs to Christ, for He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords (I Tim vi:15), and to Him hath been given all power in heaven and in earth (St. Matt xxviii:18). It matters not who they may be that rebel against Him – be they kings or be they people, they must inevitably be chastised, just as were the Jewish people who said in their pride: “We will not have this Man to reign over us!” (St. Luke xix:14). Pray, O Gregory, for this world which thou didst rescue from barbarism, and which is now striving to relapse into degradation. The men of this generation are ever talking of liberty; it is in the name of this pretended liberty that they have unchristianized society; and the only means now left for maintaining order is outward violence and force. Thou didst triumph over brute force by making the laws of right acknowledged and loved; thou gavest the world what it had lost – the liberty of the sons of God, the liberty of doing one’s duty – and it lasted for ages. O come, noble-hearted pontiff! and aid this time of ours! Beseech our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive the wickedness of them that have driven Him form the world, and scoff at His threat of returning on the day of His triumph and His justice.
Yes, pray to Him to have mercy on the thousands among us who call themselves Christians, and perhaps are so, yet who are led astray by the absurd sophistry of the times, by blind prejudice, by a godless education, by high-sounding and vague words, and who call by the name of progress the system of keeping men as far as possible form the end for which God has created them.
I don’t think that last paragraph can be stressed too much. We live in times awash in absurd sophistry, guided by a false science that assumed – by deliberate, malicious intent, starting 300 years ago – that anything that could not be inspected, weighed, and measured, did not exist*. Thus, the new scientists, who nowadays conduct themselves like the high priests of a diabolic religion, determined from the outset that God was dubious and distant, at best, and it was no time before they concluded He is non-existent. They discounted all miracles and the incredible testimony of millions of faithful souls going back centuries. They cut the beating heart out of Europe, in favor of the new religion they envisioned themselves – or their heirs – leading.
This new religion of sciencism was married to a new political force – progressivism or leftism. In fact, the two have always existed in symbiotic relationship. As one “advances,” so does the other. As science began its long descent from noble profession founded on reason, with theology as her queen, it constantly provided new bases upon which to attack the old, existing order of Christendom. Rationalism, materialism, deism, enlightenment philosophism, evolutionism, modernism……the more radical the claims of science became, the more radical their political allies in the progressive wing became. Their attacks were always always always first and foremost directed against Christianity, that is, the Church. Yes they have had many other targets but the prize has always been Rome.
As more and more of the old order was overthrown and replaced with a radical, new, and largely godless one (with various paeans given to “freedom of religion” or “freedom of worship” from time to time, to calm the fears of the masses), it was declared more and more loudly that progress was finally being achieved, that man was finally and irrevocably on the ascent, that the religion that had kept him held down for so long was finally being crushed, or at least put in its place. But the claims of success are solipsisms, and the crushing of religion must become ever more severe in order for the next great “advance” to take place. Thus, religion must be driven from the schools, to better indoctrinate the children in godlessness, then it must be driven from public square, then the marriage bed, and finally, driven out entirely.
That just about brings us up to the present day. And now that religion – I should say, Christianity, because false religions are just peachy with the Left – has been all but driven from the public square, now that sciencism is everywhere ascendant, is the world the great paradise of peaceful, cool, kind, rational individuals we’ve always been promised, if God could only be killed?
Hardly. The entire premise was false, as it was inspired by evil and founded in error. Reject God, and you don’t get peaceful coexistence, you get a new barbarism. Or you get overrun by islam. Christ or Chaos – the world can have one, or the other. The choice the world has made has been obvious. Instead of Christ, we get this:
It’s staggering there was actually a time when this commercial would have been anything but wretch inducing.
But I guess I’ve said this about 400 times already. Boring, much?