Thursday, August 17, 2006

The seven unholy sacraments
Lee Penn has fisked this and said much of what I wanted to (he wrote all of the following):

The Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois has given a speech in which he makes himself perfectly clear. And the conservatives and Republicans among the RC commentators love it.

He begins by identifying the evils of our time with the Democratic Party and its special interest groups:
Many of the issues that confront us are serious, and we know by now that the political parties in our country are at loggerheads as to how to solve them. We know, for instance, that adherents of one political party would place us squarely on the road to suicide as a people.

The seven ‘sacraments’? of their secular culture are abortion, buggery, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, feminism of the radical type, and genetic experimentation and mutilation. These things they unabashedly espouse, profess and promote. Their continuance in public office is a clear and present danger to our survival as a nation.

Since the mid-1940s we have been accustomed to look askance at Germans. They were protagonists of the Second World War and so responsible for fifty million deaths. We say, ‘How awful’, and yet in our country we have, for the most part, allowed the party of death and the court system it has produced to eliminate, since 1973, upwards of forty million of our fellow citizens without allowing them to see the light of day. They have done their best to make ours a true culture of death. No doubt, we shall soon outstrip the Nazis in doing human beings to death.
It’s interesting that the bishop compares American culture to the Nazis ... but in raising the spectre of national suicide, he is himself taking up one of Hitler’s major propaganda themes.

[I’ll add: divorce and remarriage is a problem according to the authentic Catholic view, but all divorce? Can you say ‘restraining order’, Your Grace?]

The bishop says:
How accustomed we have become to the immense loss of life in our wars throughout the world! Those who have killed millions under their mother’s hearts cannot be expected to balk at a mere few thousand killed in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Somalia, in Darfur, in Bosnia, in Madrid, in London, in Baghdad, in Beirut, in Washington, in New York. The violence of abortion coarsens the lives of all of us.
What a pile of crap! What of the carnage of the Thirty Years’ War, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the trenches in World War I, or of World War II? Can the bishop show — somehow — that those wars (which were — so far — much worse than the present wars) arose because of abortionists and sodomites and liberals?

[I’ll add: to be fair to His Grace, the Thirty Years’ War was to do with Protestants, the intellectual fathers of modern liberals (who brought us abortion without apology), and the other wars advanced this modernism at the expense and destruction of Catholic Europe.

But what appals me of course is the, yes, relativism of excusing killing Iraqis, et. al., for no good reason, which gives ammo to the pro-abortion side who claim the religious right don’t care about the babies once they’re born.]

The bishop says:
The toleration of sexual perversions among inverts, widespread contraception, easy access to ‘no fault’ divorce, the killing of the elderly, radical feminism, embryonic stem cell research — all of these things defile and debase our human nature and our human destiny. Should we cry out with the prophet ‘To the mountains, “Cover us,” and to the hills, ‘Fall on us’”? (Hosea: 10:8), lest other peoples see and, God forbid, imitate us?
The bishop is saying that we ought to tell the mountains to cover us, so that others will not see us and imitate us. Did he not read the Scriptural reference in Rev. 6:15-17? The cry to "cover us" is the cry of the unrepentant sinners ... not so that others would not see their evil example, but so that they might hide from God.

And then there is this ... (with bold added by me):
It is the duty of every Catholic to support the work of the parish Pro-Life directors and commissions and to work for the extirpation from our society of all those who in any way foster or promote these things. I wholeheartedly endorse the activities of our Pro-Life Office in the sure and certain knowledge that divine justice will not allow those who act against human life to prosper.

These unholy sacraments of our secular culture are the seeds of the destruction of our nation.
Note that we have the "duty" to "work for the extirpation from our society" of the PEOPLE who "foster or promote" the sins that the bishop detests. He's not just talking about extirpating certain sins; he wants to extirpate "from our society" "all those who in any way foster or promote these things."

Just to verify, I looked up the word "extirpate" on the Net to be sure that I was not misunderstanding it.

In the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia, the word "extirpate" has three meanings:
1. To pull up by the roots.
2. To destroy totally; exterminate. See Synonyms at abolish.
3. To remove by surgery.
Against the Republican rants of this mitred hireling, I offer the teachings of Vatican II, in the decree Gaudium et Spes:

Section 27 says:
Furthermore, whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder, genocide, abortion, euthanasia or wilful self-destruction, whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself; whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury. Moreover, they are supreme dishonour to the Creator.
[I’ll add: the council had its moments.]

The Democrats have some explaining to do. So do the Republicans, with their pre-emptive wars, first-strike nuclear plans, torture, and exploitation of the poor. [End.]

I agree with some of the culture-wars points but will choose tolerant conservatism (search the blog) over His Grace’s manners any day.

Daithí Mac Lochlainn writes: God help us! The bishop is reading Ann Coulter!

More from the Revd James Konicki.

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