Leave it to Father George W. Rutler to capture in a few words what our present situation is in America.  Here is his commentary:

In the wake of the recent hurricane, a sibilant television commentator said, “I’m so glad we had that storm.” Apologies aside, his words betrayed a view: people are expendable for the sake of promoting a political program. In this instance the program was a form of socialism that has brought so much sorrow to other nations.

When free people vote against their own freedoms, they knock down the columns of a free society on themselves, the way Samson brought down the temple on his own head. The first column to collapse will be the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Naïfs who thought this could not happen will be startled when the Church has to close charities, hospitals and schools, and even parish churches if they are subject to tax intimidation. This will be far more disastrous to our civilization than the looming fiscal chaos and international instability. Although certain areas on November 6 reported massive voter fraud, the election results cannot be blamed just on corruption. Voters deliberately rejected warnings clearly made by moral and political leaders.

At least we have a beacon of honesty shining on the Catholic Church in the United States. The 70 million or so Catholics were a Potemkin village, and the numbers of faithfully practicing Catholics are a small portion of that. Long before he became pope, Benedict was a prophet who said, “The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.” As the state’s lions begin to roar, the nominal Catholics will skip out of the arena.

For a long while Roman Catholicism became for many a nervously self-conscious kind of Cute Catholicism, with leprechauns, mariachi bands and Santa Claus instead of confession, prayer and fidelity to doctrine. But behind each leprechaun St. Patrick stares, and behind every mariachi band Our Lady of Guadalupe weeps, and behind every Santa Claus, Christ Himself judges.

Catholics could have saved the best in America, and they can only blame themselves for what has fallen down: marriage breakdown, contempt for chastity, a record low birth rate, and destruction of infants.

Looking at his own decadent empire, Cicero wrote:

  “Do not blame Caesar; blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful, good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”

We can feast with Caesar, but he will soon feast on us, and we can laugh with him, but he will soon laugh at us. “Risus abundat in ore stultorum.” There is much laughter in the mouth of the foolish. 

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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  1. anselmusjmj says:

    Those are sagacious words and insights Abyssum. Dark times are upon us, and there are even darker times in front of us, but where evil abounds God’s grace will SUPERABOUND! (Romans 5:20). Many saints were created during the time of the Terrible 300 years… many saints were and are created in Communist countries, it is now time for the saints to stand up.

  2. Amen. My favorite example of one of the 70M is Maria Shriver — she of the Kennedy clan so responsible for the federalized legality of abortion so much now ailing the Church in the U.S. How proud she was to wear the “Cafeteria Catholic” crown! Then she discovered that her husband Arnold was the same — he just happened to be accepting of the adultery she personally disdained. And now she’s accepting of divorce.

  3. Curt Stoller says:

    Let’s talk force. It is an indisputable historical fact that both socialism and communism have taken over many ideas from Christianity. And a superficial reading of any socialist or communist work will bring to mind certain Christian ideas. I myself live only a few blocks from a Catholic Church where words from Sacred Scripture are read and what follows is a socialist or Marxist gloss on them in the homily. And it is clear to me that many people see little difference between Jesus and Auguste Comte or Karl Marx. But there is a big difference. And that difference has to do with ‘force.’

    Why not ‘force’ people to do good? Forcing them might be good for them and good for society. And this is precisely what socialism and communism are: you will be robotized by the coercive power of the State to do good. I am not even going to mention the HUGE problem of what happens when the State “decides” what is good. Let’s just remember what the Nazi State defined as good and leave it at that. Even if the State could force people to do “the real good,” would that be a good thing? Comte and Marx and their followers think it would be a very good thing. But this has nothing to do with the teaching of Jesus. Forcing “goodness” is evil whether it is done by the tyranny of a minority, even a minority of one dictator or whether it is done by the tyranny of the majority. We may incarcertate a dangerous killer to protect ourselves. But we do not force the killer to be good. But when government gets into the “force” the citizens to do things business, bad things happen.

    God could have created the human race in the image of ants who put the needs of others of their species above their own needs by instinct or one could even say by “robotization.” The human race could be been created robotized to do the altruistic thing in every situation by instinct. But we were not created this way by God. We were created with free will, which St. Bonaventure noted was the most powerful force in the universe because not even angels can abolish it and God Himself will not abolish it. Well socialism and communism [if they were not atheist] would say that God made a mistake there and that the State should correct that situation by making us human ants. And if the politicization and use of force to coerce good is so enlightened, why didn’t Jesus teach it. Obviously Jesus could have written “The Communist Manifesto.” Why didn’t He?

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