I write today as a Catholic who has studied extensively history. One could call me a Catholic Historian, but let it be made clear that my Catholicism can never be separated from who I am and my words. We, the Charity of Christ, find ourselves on the other side of a Relativist Revolution, we are now subjugated to the rule of those who have separated God from the public sphere. Of course, this is not the first time this has occurred in our history–in Salvation History.
We, The Charity of Christ, for far too long have been sold the lie that we must conduct our faithfulness separate from our actions in the public sphere. The Communist attempted to perfect this ideology, but make no mistake, the so-called “Enlightenment” originated the idea in the world. An idea that is very much supported in our mainstream society with pop culture scientist like Neil DeGrasse Tyson who propose an idea like a nation called “Rationalia.” I tweeted back to Tyson that Ironically his sentiment is the same as the Soviets before they exterminated Polish Catholics.
— Phillip Marshall (@phadde2) June 30, 2016
A friend recently asked me how it was possible that I spent so many years around academia and still rejected relativism, ultimately I said it’s because my beliefs– no matter how far I may have strayed from time to time– are rooted in my Catholic faith. During my fasting from blogging the last two weeks one of the books that I’ve read is City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków by George Weigel. I would have to say because of the book the horrors that had transpired on the Polish people have been very much on my mind, and how I can see in regards to our own society how the early days of our persecution is upon us. The Christian faithful subject to society’s affection for relativism is persecuted from practicing our faith. As Weigel writes, “Poland’s communist authorities would likely have been delighted to “respect” the religious freedom of Polish Catholics had Polish Catholicism been willing to redefine religious freedom as simply freedom to worship.” (P. 141)
The United States political ideology is rooted in a deist Enlightenment governing philosophy that has allowed those to interpret a Classical Liberal document as a social contract that seek to take away our Catholic faith inch by inch until it no longer exists. Our faith is not tied strictly “to worship,” it is one that incorporates education, healthcare, charity, social services, and press. (Weigel, 140) It is not a personal philosophy, personal philosophies are the dictates of relativism. Our faith is one of moral truth, which reside with the faithful no matter whether we are at home, schools, courtroom, or a political office.
Thomas Merton wrote in Seven Storey Mountain about the great contradiction of relativism, “If there are no self-evident first principles, as a foundation for reasoning to conclusions that are not immediately apparent, how can you construct any kind of philosophy.” (Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain. 1998, 83) What Merton hints at here is what I have written about extensively that if Liberal post-modern ideology is correct and there is nothing or no one that has written natural law on the hearts of all of humanity then anyone’s metaphysical philosophy is foolish to follow. At this point, all of us would only exist in the state of nature. However, because post-modernism has been adopted as the truth by our secular society, the logical conclusion is that most folks have adopted hedonism as their relative truth. Merton also spoke of this in his autobiography, ” I believed in the beautiful myth about having a good time so long as it does not hurt anybody else. You cannot live for your own pleasure and your own convenience without inevitably hurting and injuring the feelings and interests of practically everybody you meet.” (Merton, 114-115)
We, the Charity of Christ, must remember that government is in competition for the hearts and minds of the faithful. Merton, having dabbled in Communism, reminds us that those who trust in government to provide for them do so because they have rooted their faith in men. A faith that is rooted in the same metaphysics of faith in God. He writes, ” It (Communism) was an easy and handy religion–too easy in fact. It told me that all evils in the world were the product of capitalism. Therefore, all that had to be done to get rid of the evils of the world was to get rid of capitalism.” (Merton, 148) Of course, this sentiment is the same rhetoric that is being produced by those who are support of this philosophy of life. It’s the same principles of those who support the bloated bureaucracy of the European Union, it is in contradiction to the Catholic teachings on Subsidiarity, even if they claim otherwise.
Our Society and our leaders have accepted this madness as truth; therefore, we pretend to vote; they pretend to serve us. We pretend to vote to allows ourselves to sleep comfortably at night, and they pretend to serve to keep up the illusion. As I read about the great Polish Culture, I feel lost; viewing Americanism steeped in liberalism that contradicts Catholicism. We, the Faithful in America, have no culture that will preserve the faithful in the coming storm. I believe as Catholics, we must embrace as much of our Latin culture as possible, and hope it will be enough.