Dallas Bishop Farrell Links Brexit to Sin, Societal Upheaval June 28, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Interior Life, mortification, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Virtue.
What do you make of this? It’s a bit all over the map, but I found the connection between the British vote to leave the EU, and major evils like social upheaval and wanton avarice rather tenuous, at best.
Via Bishop Farrell’s personal blog (emphasis in original, my comments):
“The gods of disorder and upheaval enjoyed a busy night.” This headline in The New Yorker Today online referring to the Brexit election caught my attention. Sometimes it seems like forces of turbulence and upheaval are prowling our world sowing fear and disorder among us. The Middle East is aflame, Europe is awash with hundreds of thousands of displaced persons seeking refuge [displaced persons? Please. It’s a veritable invasion by primarily military age men, from places where there is no ongoing warfare or anything else. Talk about motivation by greed, what is 2 million men abandoning their jobs and families to get rich off the backs of European taxpayers called?] , the European Union is threatened, Christianity is under attack, terrorism is increasing and even the weather has become hostile. Who or what is the maleficent force behind this plague on our planet? [The weather is doing what the weather has always done. In point of face, we happen to be blessed to live in a relatively temperate period, not an ice age or a period of far above average heat. It has been far hotter on average, globally, many times in the past, than it is at present, in spite of the warmist propaganda. And how on earth is the European Union being “threatened” somehow an indication of upheaval?!? Is Bishop Farrell unaware that EU technocrats just today floated a plan to completely destroy the remaining shards of national law and identity and impose an overarching European army, government, courts, etc, abolishing all national entities?!? Talk about being tone deaf.]
In the words of Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” The ancient Romans and Greeks would indeed have attributed such times of tribulation to angry gods. Today, we know the real culprit is human greed, avarice and covetousness. Yes, just like all those things mentioned in the Ten Commandments. [In other words, sin? Does sin not displease God? Is it not, in fact, the very worst thing in the Universe? How can Bishop Farrell be so sure some of the evils afflicting us are not chastisements from God for a sick and failing Church, unworthy leaders, and mass sin and apostasy?!?]
You will recall that Scripture identifies the Original Sin as our desire to be like gods (Gen. 3:5). Stop and reflect for a moment. Each of the occurrences that I have mentioned finds its ultimate cause in human greed or avarice often manifested in a desire for power……..[I find it odd that the Brexit vote is being tied into blandishments against sin]
…….Ideas, individuals, programs, projects, political parties, proposals even laws of the land are demonized, regardless of their merit, so that they may be targeted for destruction with greed, avarice and power often the underlying justification. [Who exactly is doing the demonizing here? This post by Bishop Farrell is directly in response to the Brexit vote? And yet he is strongly linking that vote with only wanton, selfish concerns, instead of very reasonable concerns regarding national sovereignty, national identity, unconstrained illegal muslim immigration, and an unelected and repressive technocracy installing a more and more oppressive regime of tyranny at every turn? St. Luke iv:23 comes to mind]
The anti-venoms for disorder and upheaval caused by greed and avarice are the common good, love, compassion, consideration and mercy toward others…..
Those are all, certainly, wonderful things, but impossible for humans to reliably maintain in practice absent the Grace of God. That is because Original Sin and our own actual sins have so disfigured our souls and poisoned our intellects that, absent God’s Grace, man is, in general, incapable of not acting sinfully, selfishly.
Why is the focus so horizontal, so much on the plane of the natural and the human, instead of the supernatural and Divine? I would argue that “the anti-venoms for disorder and upheaval” are prayer, penance, and the Sacraments. It is by them that we receive the Grace of God that makes truly effective love, compassion, consideration, and mercy possible.
Love and even compassion can become disordered when disconnected from the Truth of Jesus Christ and His Church, and living in accord with the moral order they established. Far better than counseling human emotions would be a cry to turn towards God in the ways He has shown are most pleasing to Him. I would argue that in point of fact, the world and certainly our nation are cursed by God, for the evils we have enshrined in law as supposed “goods.” The very evils Bishop Farrell identifies, islamic invasion, cultural and moral collapse, and even a badly confused and failing Church are all signs not of God’s blessing, but of His curse.
But, alas, declaring such might be too radical, too against the ingrained interests of the dominant culture, for some people to countenance. And so, it falls to lowly bloggers, instead of esteemed bishops, to make these “extreme” points.
Fisk concluded. And I didn’t even mention Bishop Farrell claiming people can walk into a gun show and come out with a fully automatic weapon without a background check or even showing ID! What I want to know is, where the heck is this gun show?!? Somalia? Cuz it sure ain’t in the US. Obtaining a fully automatic weapon is a minefield of regulations and a good way to commit a felony. Was the gun made before ’86? Was it made in the US or in a foreign country? If the latter it has to have been made prior to ’68. So we’re talking about 50 year old guns, in many cases. The only way to obtain a post-1986 automatic weapon is to be an FFL (gun dealer) and get a letter from local law enforcement requesting a demo for that particular type of firearm. If the FFL allows his license to expire, he must give up the gun, and it must be destroyed. ALL automatic weapons must be registered with the ATF and a $200 tax paid. So, Farrell was just quoting some totally unfounded ignorant anti-gun propaganda in his post. That’s because most anti-gun nuts are completely ignorant of the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic weapon.