Thomas Peters took the usual suspects, including Vox Nova, on the Catholic Left to task for ignoring Lila Rose’s new expose last week about Planned Parenthood a\k\a Worse Than Murder, Inc. Mark Shea joined in. In response Morning’s Minion at Vox Nova went on the offensive and blasted everyone to the right of Joseph Stalin after a pro forma condemnation of Planned Parenthood. Nate Wildermuth made a more interesting contribution:
Thomas Peters and Mark Shea and those of like-mind rightfully point out that abortion and contraception are not understood correctly by many ‘progressive’ Catholics. When I lived in the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington D.C., I participated in the vigils at Planned Parenthood, and asked a fellow Worker if she’d like to come. “Can’t do everything,” she said. “Not my thing.” And that’s the sort of answer that makes us think, “Wow, they just don’t get it.” The ongoing slaughter of children in the womb is one of the most frightening signs of the disintegration of Western Civilization.
And yet, standing so near the truth, Thomas Peters and Mark Shea and many of like-mind totally lose their minds. Example: they have likely Marched for Life in Washington D.C., but not before attending the idol-worshiping ceremonies that precede it, where the multitudes pledge their allegiance to a flag soaked in blood, to a Republic prostituted for Mammon, to a nation kneeling under a god called Constitution. “That’s just proper patriotism for the good parts of America,” they might say. But anyone who pledges allegiance to the American flag or gets goosebumps at the National Anthem just doesn’t get it: America is the greatest force for evil in the world in the history of mankind.
To get it means to be shell-shocked by the utter depravity of every aspect of the United States, to see that the game is up, that doom is allotted, and that abortion, war, poverty, and every kind of violence will continue unabated until the wrath and judgment of God is poured out upon this proud and blind people.
Like the blind men grasping at different parts of an elephant, we should waste less time denying what the other sees, and more time putting together the pieces, no matter how horrifying the conclusion.”
The highlighted sentence is highlighted in the original. Besides displaying a shocking lack of knowledge about history and the contemporary world, I think Wildermuth’s comment, in an extreme form, indicates what motivates much of the Catholic Left in this country. America isn’t merely a flawed country where some Americans do evil, but rather America is the greatest source of evil in the world. It takes Catholic Left hatriotism of America to its ultimate end: a good deal of Michael Moore mixed in with an Old Testament prophet condemning Israel whoring after false gods. Wildermuth gets points from me for honesty about what motivates him if nothing else.
In a way it is a very American sort of response. Abolitionists prior to the Civil War sometimes decried the Union and the Constitution as a “Covenant With Death” because of the existence of slavery. Of course Lincoln never was in this camp. While attacking slavery he never allowed this evil to diminish his deep love for this nation, and his hope that, eventually, the “better angels of our nature” would allow us to rid slavery from the land.
America is imperfect, as every nation short of Heaven is. Abortion is a great crime in our nation which cries out for redress, along with other evils. However, to say that America is evil, let alone the greatest source of evil in the world, is mere useless hyperbole. There is great good in America and Americans. It is up to us to combat the evil and to aid the good, and never to give way to counsels of despair.