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Got this in an email from Mr. Buchanan's people. Ouch!




Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?
By Patrick J. Buchanan
Friday - November 15, 2013



"Pope Francis doesn't want cultural warriors; he doesn't want ideologues," said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.:

"The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep."

Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader.

They chose Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who has a master's degree in social work, to succeed Archbishop Timothy Dolan whom Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times describes thus:

"[A] garrulous evangelist comfortable in front of a camera, [who] led the bishops in their high-profile confrontation with the Obama administration over a provision in the health care mandate that requires most employers to have insurance that covers contraceptives for employees."

That mandate also requires employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.

Yet here is further confirmation His Holiness seeks to move the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war for the soul of the West.

There is a small problem with neutrality. As Trotsky observed, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you." For the church to absent itself from the culture war is to not to end that war, but to lose it.

What would that entail? Can we not already see?

In America, the family has disintegrated. Forty percent of working-class white children are born out of wedlock, as are 53 percent of Hispanic children, and 73 percent of black children. Kids from broken homes are many times more likely to drop out of school, take drugs, join gangs, commit crimes, end up in prison, lose their souls, and produce yet another generation of lost souls.

Goodstein quotes the Holy Father as listing among the "most serious of the evils" today "youth unemployment." And he calls upon Catholics not to be "obsessed" with abortion or same-sex marriage.

But is teenage unemployment really a graver moral evil than the slaughter of 3,500 unborn every day in a land we used to call "God's Country"?

Papal encyclicals like Rerum Novarum and Quadragesimo Anno have much to teach about social justice in an industrial society.

But what is the special expertise of the church in coping with teenage unemployment? Has the Curia done good scholarly work on the economic impact of the minimum wage?

The cultural revolution preached by Marxist Antonio Gramsci is continuing its "long march" through the institutions of the West and succeeding where the violent revolutions of Lenin and Mao failed.

It is effecting a transvaluation of all values. And it is not interested in a truce with the church of Pope Francis, but a triumph over that church which it reviles as the great enemy in its struggle.

Indeed, after decades of culture war waged against Christianity, the Vatican might consider the state of the Faith.

Our civilization is being de-Christianized. Popular culture is a running sewer. Promiscuity and pornography are pandemic. In Europe, the churches empty out as the mosques fill up. In America, Bible reading and prayer are outlawed in schools, as Christian displays are purged from public squares. Officially, Christmas and Easter do not exist.

The pope, says Goodstein, refers to proselytizing as "solemn nonsense." But to proselytize is to convert nonbelievers.

And when Christ admonished his apostles, "Go forth and teach all nations," and ten of his twelve were martyred doing so, were they not engaged in the Church's true commission -- to bring souls to Christ.

Pope Francis comes out of the Jesuits.

Hence, one wonders: Did those legendary Jesuits like St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs make a mistake proselytizing and baptizing, when they could have been working on youth unemployment among the Mohawks?

An Italian atheist quotes the pope as saying, "Everyone has his own idea of good and evil," and everyone should "follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them."

Does this not reflect the moral relativism of Prince Hamlet when he said to Rosencrantz, "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so?" Yet, is it not the church's mission to differentiate good and evil and condemn the latter?

"Who am I to judge," Pope Francis says of homosexuals.

Well, he is pope. And even the lowliest parish priest has to deliver moral judgments in a confessional.

"(S)ince he became pope," writes Goodstein, Francis' "approval numbers are skyrocketing. Even atheists are applauding."

Especially the atheists, one imagines.

While Pope Francis has not altered any Catholic doctrines in his interviews and disquisitions, he is sowing seeds of confusion among the faithful, a high price to pay, even for "skyrocketing" poll numbers.

If memory serves, the Lord said, "Feed my sheep," not "get the smell of the sheep." And he did not mean soup kitchens, but more importantly the spiritual food essential for eternal life.

But then those were different Jesuits. And that was long ago.

Very powerful and on the money.

Side note: the first time I attended the TLM in DC, I literally bumped into him while in the Holy Communion line. He gave me this mean look and I wanted to duck and cover!
Hmmm ... very interesting. My tongue is tied in several knots about this papacy

As for Pat Buchanan, there are many things in America I am terribly ignorant about ...

He goes to TLM? Interesting ...

And he is a paleoconservative former runner for the presidency.

That's about all I know about him. I am curious to know what FishEaters think of him and where he fits into the Traditionalist landscape ...

(11-15-2013, 03:23 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]Hmmm ... very interesting. My tongue is tied in several knots about this papacy

As for Pat Buchanan, there are many things in America I am terribly ignorant about ...

He goes to TLM? Interesting ...

And he is a paleoconservative former runner for the presidency.

That's about all I know about him. I am curious to know what FishEaters think of him and where he fits into the Traditionalist landscape ... 

I love Pat Buchanan. He's got a very brilliant mind, is a traditionalist, is almost always right, and has the warmest smile and eyes to boot.  If the US had been listening to him for the past 25 years and following his recommendations, we'd be a LOT better off.
(11-15-2013, 03:35 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]
(11-15-2013, 03:23 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]Hmmm ... very interesting. My tongue is tied in several knots about this papacy

As for Pat Buchanan, there are many things in America I am terribly ignorant about ...

He goes to TLM? Interesting ...

And he is a paleoconservative former runner for the presidency.

That's about all I know about him. I am curious to know what FishEaters think of him and where he fits into the Traditionalist landscape ... 

I love Pat Buchanan. He's got a very brilliant mind, is a traditionalist, is almost always right, and has the warmest smile and eyes to boot.  If the US had been listening to him for the past 25 years and following his recommendations, we'd be a LOT better off.
Your last sentence is so very true, Vox.  I agree completely.
(11-15-2013, 03:23 AM)Roger Buck Wrote: [ -> ]He goes to TLM? Interesting ...

Unless things have changed, he attends a diocesan TLM in DC. Saw him there almost every Sunday that I attended Mass there.
(11-15-2013, 03:35 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]I love Pat Buchanan. He's got a very brilliant mind, is a traditionalist, is almost always right, and has the warmest smile and eyes to boot.  If the US had been listening to him for the past 25 years and following his recommendations, we'd be a LOT better off.

He was practically destroyed - turned into non-person - by the Jewish lobby, wasn't he? In most mainstream circles he's simply written off as an Anti-Semite. The same fate befell Sobran... according to Buchanan “Perhaps the finest columnist of our generation”.
(11-15-2013, 04:06 AM)jake-the-rake Wrote: [ -> ]He was practically destroyed - turned into non-person - by the Jewish lobby, wasn't he? In most mainstream circles he's simply written off as an Anti-Semite. The same fate befell Sobran... according to Buchanan “Perhaps the finest columnist of our generation”.

Yup. That's pretty much the story of anyone who has a worthy brain, a Catholic heart, a good understanding of History and politics, and a set of gonads. You simply can't defend the Church and Western civilization with the Truth and get away with it without being branded a racist of some sort, no matter how loving you really are or how prudent you are -- all of which is doubly sad when you truly loathe (real) racism (as opposed to the hypersensitive PC stuff).

He is just so consistently at a piercing level of thought and words.
This is a very good example of how to criticize a pope.
I always liked him, but he became even better when I heard him speak against losing manufacturing jobs. Pat understands this from the Catholic viewpoint of subsidiarity.  He's one from the generation of a handful which were born during the war, and me being one of the first boomers, played with those kids.  We saw subsidiarity and living wages in action as the Americans pulled themselves up by their own boot straps. Butchers, Bakers, Tailors, and Makers, we were a strong and industrious people with morals, then.

We are at dangerous juncture. The next group here in America, my youngest siblings, folks Vox age, know this stuff, but didn't see it continue. The memory of this will pass with them and the new normal by default is the "Brave New World". Can we rebuild a sane and just society ? Not with out a return to Faith, and honestly a world wide calamity. No one will lay down their affluence by choice, and what is worse no one understands the entire system is fixed. We are moving to a society of the Elites and the dead.


tim
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