Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Catholic Analysis of the Warsaw Address

Fr. George W. Rutler's analysis — President Trump’s Warsaw Speech. In it, Prof. Zbigniew Stawrowski is quoted:
    The fundamental cleavage is not the West v. Islam or the West v. the rest, but within the West itself: between those who recognize the values of Judaeo-Christian Graeco-Roman culture and those who use terms like “democracy,” “values,” “rights” but pervert the latter. So it means democracy of the elites, values of secularism, rights to kill Charlie Gard, marriage that has nothing to do with sex, sex that … is a “private” matter to be funded by the confiscatory state and your duty to support this incoherence…
Hilaire Belloc, in The Great Heresies, called this the "the greatest moment of all," writing
    The Faith is now in the presence not of a particular heresy as in the past-the Arian, the Manichean, the Albigensian, the Mohammedan-nor is it in the presence of a sort of generalized heresy as it was when it had to meet the Protestant revolution from three to four hundred years ago. The enemy which the Faith now has to meet, and which may be called "The Modern Attack," is a wholesale assault upon the fundamentals of the Faith—upon the very existence of the Faith. And the enemy now advancing against us is increasingly conscious of the fact that there can be no question of neutrality. The forces now opposed to the Faith design to destroy. The battle is henceforward engaged upon a definite line of cleavage, involving the survival or destruction of the Catholic Church. And all—not a portion—of its philosophy.

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