I don’t want to know anything about film and stage actors personal lives or, usually, vapid thoughts. Laura Ingraham had a good phrase for the screeching pop tarts: “shut up and sing”. If I go to a movie, I just want to enjoy the movie without the background distraction of having confirmed a suspicion that, in real life, the thespian is a moron.
Today at The Catholic Thing there is a commentary on how much progress the corrosive liberal agenda has made in undermining decent mores. David Carlin watched The Golden Globe awards to see what was going on in film, etc. A secondary result was surely time off of Purgatory. He was taken aback at the level of corrosion.
In an ironic twist a notorious lesbian sardonically quipped that she was glad to live in a country which (still) allowed women to choose to have babies.
Here is the peroration from his piece:
This is not at all strange given that the GPPM [Great Progressive Propaganda Machine] is mostly made up of four institutions dominated by atheists and near-atheists: (a) the mainstream news media, (b) the entertainment industry (which was on display at the Golden Globes), (c) our best colleges and universities, and (d) the Democratic Party. These are the “command posts” of American culture.
Who will defend Christianity if Catholics won’t defend it? Shall we leave its defense up to Evangelicals? Or – who?
Let us keep in mind that God helps those who help themselves.
Surely he is right.
Allow me to end with a couple … what’s the opposite of a bromide? Aphorism?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
? Edmund Burke
Perennially verified by our bishops. It is often quipped that at the consecration of a bishop, while the sacrament is conferred, the Three B’s are removed, which include brains and backbone. Of course there are some terrific and courageous bishops, even now, in these USA. They are bright lights in an otherwise obscured and tenebrous churchscape. What a difference a bishop can make. As we read in Holy Writ…
“Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
– Proverbs 27:17
To sharpen something, you need pressure and the right angle. At first, coarser media are used, then ever finer and finer to put that desired edge on the blade. Bishops must learn again to cut through the B as in B and S in S, apply the coarse medium to get attention, keep the pressure on, and then refine the bevel. Without their intervention in the public square and their 100% support of their courageous priests, we will soon arrive at the next stage. Which is…
“Everything not forbidden is compulsory.”
– Totalitarian Principle
Homosexualists and abortion defenders are, at heart, totalitarians. My friend Jennifer Roback Morse make this argument, demonstrating how their thought and agenda is, in essence, totalitarian in scope and tactic. You can start with her book:
The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives and Why The Church Was Right All Along
The totalitarians progress by incrementalism. It has been an amazingly swift progress.
I’ve argued here – often – that the homosexualist agenda has been patiently engaged for a long time and is still reaching for that brass ring.
The brass ring is the lowering of the age of consent.
The homosexualists have slowly been shifting the language about deviant same-sex acts and those who regularly commit them.
Through the MSM and entertainment industry the image of homosexuality as something hidden and unclean was broken by replacing it with victim status during the flaming up of the AIDS epidemic in certain populations.
Then the victim image had to be broken and replaced, which was accomplished through cool and “with it” characters in TV shows and other culture movers. Think of the absurdly high percentage of homosexuals in TV shows, increasing every year. You can’t turn on a TV series now and not find it filled with deviants, now doing deviant things in prime time.
BUT! They are cool and emotionally sensitive, who have answers for the dysfunctional and often less attractive “hetero” characters.
Fuse this culture shift with the rise of no-fault divorce and nearly universal contraception and we have the perfect deadly storm that can rip the sexual act conceptually away from marriage (what’s that?) and procreation (what’s that?).
Shall we mention the near total silence of the Catholic Church?
Now that subcultures are multiplying like viruses, we are just about ready, I think, for the next stage of the assault on the human person and God’s plan. Not content for legalization of same-sex “marriage”, the next phase of the homosexualist agenda will soon be implemented: lowering of the age of consent (aka the aforementioned the brass ring).
And now they have helpers within the Church who are highly visible and often in positions of authority. Certain Jesuits are blatant homosexualists, their superiors do nothing to stop them and bishops allow them to speak anywhere. Bishops themselves in Germany are talking about blessing same-sex relationships.
Within the Catholic Church very highly placed authorities are working incrementally to detach procreation from human procreative powers and potentials and acts.
If you can successfully detach procreation from the use of procreative acts, etc., then it’s game over for Catholic moral teaching and, subsequently, for all Catholic doctrine. Once you say that what is true (in nature and revelation) isn’t true, it’s over.
It has been said many times, many ways, and it is true. Going as far back as Sophocles, the wise recognize…
“No good e’er comes of leisure purposeless;
And heaven ne’er helps the men who will not act.”
– in Philoctetes
Put it any way you want, Deus audentest iuvat (Ovid), “God helps those who help themselves”, etc. If we continue to lie prone and servile on the ground before their jackboots, we are going to be left trampled and toothless.
So, friends, I suppose we must bring this to a concrete point.
Pray for your bishops. Don’t just pray, but urge and encourage. Hold them accountable if they preach half truths or non-truths or anything inconsistent with our Catholic Faith. Fast for them. Truly do pray: Rosaries, Masses, Novenas, hours of Adoration. Pick a method, but CHOOSE and then DO.
The Demographic Sinkhole will soon open under the Church in these USA. Start toughening your sinews and fingernails now so that you can hang on. Help your priests and bishops get into spiritual shape and get their hearts and heads into that mental place wherein they will be able to stand up in the face of our growing challenges.
To this end, we need to advance, swiftly, that priests implement the
TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS
and that people…
GO TO CONFESSION!
The TLM and promotion of the confessional can both be advanced also by incrementalism. But, as Tolkien wrote:
“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”