09 January 2015

The West's Problem: A Crusade Presupposes Crusaders

As a Catholic, and particularly with my daughter just having come back from a four month stay in France, I have watched the events in Paris with a mix of sadness, anger, regret, and indignation. Sadness for the families of the victims; anger towards the murderers; regret and indignation that it comes to this in the once-Christian West.

Of course, based upon the coverage of other such events of this type in the last decade or two, I always have to remain skeptical as well.  My point here is not to debate the organic reality of this event, or Sandy Hook, or what have you.  Nor is my point to discuss the areas of external moral behavior where the Mohammedans agree with us.  

Whether or not these recent events are false flags or acts of a real war of jihad, the reality is that Mohammedanism is opposed to the true faith. It denies the Kingship of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, and would reduce him to a mere man.  Not only a mere man, but not even the most important man, and moreover a man they would make testify to a false religion.  God is One God in Three Divine Persons (they still teach that in Catholic schools, don't they?).  He is not the 'Allah' of this sect that Dante considered a Christian heresy.

Anyway, most Catholics who know their history can recall a time that the West was not so anemic. I'm not merely talking about the Crusades, where Catholic Kings, Princes, Dukes and nobles sacrificed their own short term interests for a higher goal, motivated in most part by a chivalrous love of Our Lord and Lady. Limit it to France, if you will:  Poitiers, Tours. Charlemagne, Roland.

And why are we in the West so vulnerable?  The same continent that took 700 years or so to defeat a determined Moorish invasion to protect Christendom has decided to take the last 40 years to invite the descendants of the invaders back in.  The Kingship of Christ has been long repudiated in Europe, and the residual Christian moral order has finally petered out.  The One True Church of Christ now prefers to quote junk science contained in pamphlets printed in Pueblo, Colorado in 1987 as part of its new goal of being the world's largest NGO.  

The Shepherd has been struck, and the sheep are scattered.  

We have no protection from the wolves, physically, and little protection spiritually.

But surely this attack, and others like it, will wake us from our lethargy?  Ha!  

It will take a miracle.  Are you praying for one?  Has the Holy Father consecrated Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart as she requested?  Are you praying for it?

Can anyone imagine that the greying, gaying, Western populace will shake off the pink mist of godless, Socialist dependency and actually fight?  And for what would they fight?

Like I said, a miracle is needed.  But to end on a hopeful note, the scriptures are instructive:

Judges 7:

1Then Jerobaal, who is the same as Gedeon, rising up early and all the people with him, came to the fountain that is called Harad. Now the camp of Madian was in the valley on the north side of the high hill. 2And the Lord said to Gedeon: The people that are with thee are many, and Madian shall not be delivered into their hands: lest Israel should glory against me, and say: I was delivered by my own strength. 3Speak to the people, and proclaim in the hearing of all, Whosoever is fearful and timorous, let him return. So two and twenty thousand men went away from mount Galaad and returned home, and only ten thousand remained.

4And the Lord said to Gedeon: The people are still too many, bring them to the waters, and there I will try them: and of whom I shall say to thee, This shall go with thee, let him go: whom I shall forbid to go, let him return. 5And when the people were come down to the waters, the Lord said to Gedeon: They that shall lap the water with their tongues, as dogs are wont to lap, thou shalt set apart by themselves: but they that shall drink bowing down their knees, shall be on the other side. 6And the number of them that had lapped water, casting it with the hand to their mouth, was three hundred men: and all the rest of the multitude had drunk kneeling. 7And the Lord said to Gedeon: By the three hundred men, that lapped water, I will save you, and deliver Madian into thy hand: but let all the rest of the people return to their place. 8So taking victuals and trumpets according to their number, he ordered all the rest of the multitude to depart to their tents: and he with the three hundred gave himself to the battle.


Fr. Andrew said...

A great question and a wonderful invitation to pray that our Lord would raise a Gideon for our own day. I think of St. Clair of Assisi turning back the Turks with the Blessed Sacrament. It will be a collection of Gideons, not just one.
Just as it was more than one crusade. Come Lord Jesus, Light to the Gentiles.

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

When you're too selfish to have children, somebody's got to drive the garbage trucks to keep the socialist paradise clicking. So import cheap labor and close your eyes to the cultural destruction your short-term thinking has wrought. You still get your retirement at 40 or whatever, and you'll be dead when the curtain falls on Western Civilization.

thetimman said...

Bear, you're only 100% right.

Anonymous said...

"Can anyone imagine that the greying, gaying, Western populace will shake off the pink mist of godless, Socialist dependency and actually fight? And for what would they fight?"

I am virulently opposed to godless Socialism, as well as globalist Libertarianism economics that betrayed us to China and the world markets. We need to return to God and to a productive self-sufficient society.

There is no freedom in a land with God and also one that is reliant on the world for survival.

JBQ said...

Since The National Catholic Reporter is now the official Catholic modern Scripture, you have to look at their viewpoint. The pope will bring Islam into the Catholic Church as a separate rite just like with the Orthodox. This is all about world socialism and the role of Oscar Romero as a modern day Christ.

Barto the Great Reformer said...

The West is winning. Capitalism is winning everywhere. Just look at China. Losers can get guns and commit a few murders. That's always been the case, and will always be the case. The Muslims are in no sense winning, and in no sense threaten Western civilization. As soon as their oil revenue dries up, the Muslims are done. They have no civilization to speak of. The future belongs to the West. We have the technology, the great universities, the inventors. Some who remember the old days are in a panic because they think that shaming and suppressing divorced people and homosexual people is necessary for a free, prosperous and secure society. But is that really so? If the Church starts admitting to Communion divorced and remarried couples, and homosexual couples, will the Western civilization really collapse from the assault of a new Muslim Invasion? Hah. Muslims are no threat. Gays are no threat. Divorced people are no threat. Socialists are no threat. Life does have its hardships. But we don't need to be corralled into a state of panic by all these boogeymen that come from the media and blogosphere. Those who are in the business of running for public office do need to rile people up with things. But we don't need to follow their lead. If the duly-elected and appointed Church leaders want to say, in our time, that divorce and remarriage, and homosexual sex, are not the grave sins that they were thought to be in times past, what's the harm? How does that harm you or me? Once upon a time it was a grave sin to charge any interest upon a loan, and the laws in Christian nations followed that. Now our entire Western economy is based on charging interest on loans. A great many of our new millionaires obtain their wealth by charging interest on loans (or some arrangement that is essentially the same). The Catholic Church reversed its position on ecumenism--and yet the Church survived. The Church’s current interpretation of its teaching on Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus is radically different from what it was in the past—so what? The Church survived. Christ still lives. Faith, Hope and Love live on. We all have personal and family hardships to take on from time to time. But why add to this all these trumped up civilizational apocalyptic crises? Relax. Enjoy your family and friends. We don't need to be part of any grand crusade. Cardinal Burke last week was trying to rally us in a crusade against feminism. Well, if you don’t like feminism, don’t be a feminist, don’t raise your kids to be a feminists, and don’t go to a feminism-influenced parish. And maybe turn off your TV and your computer. Talk a walk in the park. Read a good book. Do that home repair project. There’s really no need to reform and correct the world. That’s what the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were trying to accomplish, and is also what the murderers of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were trying to accomplish. The world is too big of a place to correct and reform. We just need to go on with our little lives, and hope that God keeps us in His memory. Just my opinion.