“Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap.”
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Those of you who have attended Mass
here or who have read the Parish Bulletin, have, over the years, heard me
speak about something called “cultural Marxism.” (If you have not, you can
read a number of articles on our website at
www.rosarychurch.net—just go down
the index on the right hand side of the main page and click the link that
says “cultural Marxism.”)
In brief, you will find that Marxists discovered that the violent efforts,
like those of Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, were resisted by the masses
precisely because of their violence.
The Marxist intellectuals
decided that communism would be better served by destroying the institutions
of a culture, and either leaving them in ruins, or building them back up
along Marxist lines. The “institutions,” were of course things like
religion, the family, the schools and universities, the legislatures and
courts, the media, and so forth. This is what theorist Antonio Gramsci
called a “long march through the institutions.”
But, whereas Mao Tse Tung’s long march was military, Antonio Gramsci’s “long
march” would be a war of the mind against the culture of the people he
wished to subvert.
Perhaps the most obvious
manifestation of this “long march” is in the concept of “political
correctness.” Through constant propaganda, people are conditioned to never
speak out about what is evil and societally destructive. Those that do
speak out are mocked, treated as bigots, and even persecuted/prosecuted
under color of law. When the evil becomes tolerated, the next step is to
push for laws requiring it. Consider divorce, contraception, abortion, or
sodomy. At one time in American history, all of these things were illegal
in many of the United States. Then came a movement to portray them as
“progressive,” beneficial, “enlightened—and then to make them all legal—and
then to prosecute those who stood in their way. Today we see law suites
being brought against photographers and caterers who refuse to serve same
sex “weddings” and against employers who refuse to provide medical insurance
coverage for contraceptives and abortions.
The Modernism that has afflicted our
Catholic Church for the past fifty-odd years is simply the flip side of the
coin called cultural Marxism. At the highest levels, the existence of
objective truth is denied, everything is made relative, everyone must get
along with everyone else (no matter how wrong their ideas; no matter how bad
their morals). Endless discussion replaces careful scholarship—“dialogue”
of the “acting persons,” very much resembling the dialectic of Marx and
Hegel, synthesizing putative “truth” from thesis and antithesis.
The Church has condemned both
socialism and communism (along with modernism).
But on the national level it supports socialized medicine, redistribution of
income, a welfare state with no borders—we
see Catholic charities supporting organizations that provide abortions and
On the international level It exalts the United Nations and nearly every
evil which it supports.
One of the strangest effects of
political correctness on the part of both Church and State has been the
failure to recognize the danger posed by Islamic militants. Islam has a
record of violent expansion that goes back about fourteen hundred years to
its so-called “prophet” Mohammad. Movement was rapid across Arabia and the
middle east, along the northern coast of Africa, up into Spain and France,
along the underbelly of what used to be the Soviet Union, and up into
Mongolia. The Mongols were not conquered, but they were attracted to the
violence of the religion! The Koran, the Moslem holy book, says:
Fight those who do not believe in
Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and
His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out
of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in
acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
At the height of Islam’s power,
Christians on land and sea were captured, forced to abandon the Faith, had
their goods and their property plundered and held for ransom. Trade was
suppressed by the inability to safely use the Mediterranean for shipping.
In Moslem lands a special tax was imposed on those who did not follow
Allah—those in “dhimmitude”—and if they did not convert they were at
least to recognize the superiority of the Moslem religion. A number of
feast days on the Church calendar commemorate the victory of Catholic forces
over those of the Moslems. Our own patronal feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
commemorates the Catholic victory in 1571 at Lepanto in the Gulf of Corinth
in Western Greece.
Given this history it is nearly
impossible to understand why Popes would attend mosques, kiss the Koran, and
send messages of congratulations at the start and the finish of the Moslem
fast of Ramadan.
It is similarly impossible to understand why our nation is supporting the
Muslim Brotherhood in both Egypt and Syria. In several countries (including
also Libya and Cyprus) Christian churches, homes, and businesses have been
burnt down. Cemeteries have been desecrated. In Egypt “Islamists burned
down a Christian school, paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners
of war,’ and sexually abused two other female staff even as at least 58
attacks on Christians and their property....”
And this in a period of four days. And yet, the Secretary of State chided
the Egyptian Army for being too brutal in dealing with the demonstrators.
As this is being written, Obama is talking about U.S. military action
supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against the Syrian government.
There is no Constitutional basis for
attacking Syria; but an attack seems to be in the works—and against the
wrong side! I say “wrong side,” but perhaps both sides are evil. In
any event it is not our business.
I don’t know that there is much we
can do about any of this. Certainly we must pray—for the conversion of the
Moslem world to the Catholic Faith,
and for the deliverance of our civil and religious leaders from cultural
Marxism. I would urge you to make your displeasure known to your elected
representatives. If you receive any charitable solicitations for aid to
people in this part of the world, be sure to scrutinize them carefully so as
not to aid the criminals. And if you receive a solicitation from a Catholic
charity, be sure to let them know that Koran kissing is out of order.
“God is not mocked” but the forces
of cultural Marxism have done a great deal of damage to Western
Civilization. It is time to begin acting like Christians again.