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Christian Duty in the Face of Terror July 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, history, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Father George Rutler lays out basic Catholic Doctrine of the right and duty to self-defense, especially in the face of an implacable evil.  He also explodes the myth put forth yesterday by Francis that there is no such thing as religious violence, or a violent religion, in naming as a unique, existential, and always hostile threat to Christendom:

Good stuff.  My emphasis and comments:

After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.”…..

……..Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense. [Quite right. Far too many in the Church, even those who tend conservative or even traditional, hold a very pacifistic view of Catholicism.  This view is false and contrary to the conduct of the Church through most of her history, especially when confronted with the existential threat of islam]

The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.” [That’s a pretty broad list.  The common good of the state devolves on almost all of us in a nominally democratic republic.  Thus the right to self-defense devolves down on a great many people even from a national standpoint]

A father is culpable if he does not protect his family. A bishop has the same duty as a spiritual father of his sons and daughters in the church, just as the civil state has as its first responsibility the maintenance of the “tranquility of order” through self-defense. [Recall the reaction of the Archbishop of Rouen, counting the perpetrators as “victims” and claiming the only possible Catholic response was prayer.  That was a dereliction of duty]

Christ warned the apostles, as shepherds, to beware of wolves. This requires both the “shrewdness of serpents and the innocence of doves.” To shrink from the moral duty to protect peace by not using force when needed is to be innocent as a serpent and shrewd as a dove. [Good line]

That is not innocence — it is naiveté. [Isn’t that what the post-conciliar Church is founded on?]

Saint John Capistrano led an army against the Moors in 1456 to protect Belgrade. In 1601, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi did the same in defense of Hungary. As Franciscans, they carried no sword and charged on horseback into battle carrying a crucifix. They inspired the shrewd generals and soldiers, whom they had assembled through artful diplomacy, with their brave innocence.

This is not obscure trivia: Were it not for Charles Martel at Tours in 732 and Jan Sobieski at the gates of Vienna in 1683 — and most certainly had Pope Saint Pius V not enlisted Andrea Doria and Don Juan at Lepanto in 1571 — we would not be here now.  No Western nations as we know them — no universities, no modern science, no human rights — would exist…[Most likely true]

…….Vice has destroyed countless individual souls, but in the decline of civilizations, weakness has done more harm than vice. “Peace for our time” is as empty now as it was when Chamberlain went to Munich and honor was bartered in Vichy. [Well, vice creates moral weakness that leads to political weakness and cultural innervation.  Decades being swamped in mass addiction to vice have left the West all but impotent]

Hilaire Belloc, who knew Normandy and all of Europe well, said in 1929: “We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps, if we lose our faith, it will rise. For after this subjugation of the Islamic culture by the nominally Christian had already been achieved, the political conquerors of that culture began to notice two disquieting features about it. The first was that its spiritual foundation proved immovable; the second, that its area of occupation did not recede, but on the contrary slowly expanded.”

In his old age, the priest embodied a civilization that has been betrayed by a generation whose hymn was John Lennon’s “Imagine” — that there was neither heaven nor hell but “above us only sky” and “all the people living for today.” When reality intrudes, they can only leave teddy bears and balloons at the site of a carnage they call “inexplicable.”

Quite a devastating rejoinder there at the end.  I’ve noted that as well, the weird sentimentality that seems to grip people after an attack, the same people who like to bury their heads in the sand and dismiss the original threat.  It’s sick, but very common.  People seem to long for catharsis, but only one that is shallow and surface-layer, not one that would be efficacious of any interior conversion. Because so many love their sins so much, not that I’m much different, I’m just honest about it.

Anyway, on to bigger things.


1. Marc - July 28, 2016

I wonder if the dioceses will lighten up prohibitions on Concealed carry in their churches.

lay Trump voter and evidently expendable - July 29, 2016


Where was this statement when the laity were the main, if not sole, victims ?

2. Baseballmom - July 29, 2016

Excellent comments from Fr. Rutler. Spot on. Thanks for posting.

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