14 October 2011

Pat Buchanan as Cassandra

Catholic journalist and politico Patrick J. Buchanan has written a new book further chronicling the demise of America (following Death of the West), called Suicide of a Superpower.

The question asked on the book's cover:  "Will America Survive to 2025?", while provocative, begs the question of whether it has already passed away-- whether one marks the date at 1861, 1865, 1898, 1918 or some other date.  Leaving our own country aside, the attack on the West is traced at least to the attack on Christendom.

DrudgeReport has excerpts from the book, which may be of interest to readers of this blog: 

From Chapter 2. The End of Christian America

If [Christopher] Dawson is correct, the drive to de-Christianize America, to purge Christianity from the public square, public schools and public life, will prove culturally and socially suicidal for the nation.

“The last consequence of a dying Christianity is a dying people. Not one post-Christian nation has a birth rate sufficient to keep it alive....The death of European Christianity means the disappearance of the European tribe, a prospect visible in the demographic statistics of every Western nation.”

From Chapter 3. The Crisis of Catholicism

“Half a century on, the disaster is manifest. The robust and confident Church of 1958 no longer exists. Catholic colleges and universities remain Catholic in name only. Parochial schools and high schools are closing as rapidly as they opened in the 1950s. The numbers of nuns, priests and seminarians have fallen dramatically. Mass attendance is a third of what it was. From the former Speaker of the House to the Vice President, Catholic politicians openly support abortion on demand.”

“How can Notre Dame credibly teach that all innocent life is sacred, and then honor a president committed to ensuring that a woman’s right to end the life of her innocent child remains sacrosanct?”  

The de-Christianization of our country and culture, the crisis in the Catholic Church, and the failure to produce children all go hand in hand.  In reality, though attacked by infidels and split by schism, the West has been dying a slow death wrought by its rejection of the true Church beginning (in earnest) in the 16th Century.  The Catholic Church is the only completely true, entirely sufficient, and Divinely instituted expression of Christianity.  What Luther, Calvin and the other "reformers" ruptured, what Henry and Elizabeth persecuted for personal gain, what the Communists tried to destroy, what the (again) "reformers" of the Council jettisoned, and what the consumer capitalist society rejects, is the one and only hope that the West may be saved as the locus of temporal civilization.

Absent some dramatic Divine intervention, or perhaps the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as foretold at Fatima, the Buchanans of this age are simply modern versions of Cassandra, whose prophecies may be accurate but which will remain unheeded until it is too late.


doughboy said...

Good post. I love Pat Buchanan, especially on McLaughlin Group. Nothing makes me smile more than hearing Eleanore Clift screaming "ex-SCUUUSE ME" and watching Pat just laugh.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot more to Fr Zuhlsdorf's slogan, "Save the liturgy. Save the world." than we realize, eh?

Anonymous said...

Buchanan relies heavily on St. Louisan Kenneth Jones' "Index of Leading Catholic Indicators."

Rory said...

And didn't PJB being his illustrious career as an editor of the old Globe-Democrat in the 60's?