The militant secular left thinks they have won a victory with President Barack Obama’s “Accommodation” with regard to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate ordering religious based institutions to provide contraceptives, sterilizations and the morning after abortion pill. Some of the left couldn’t contain their glee, one guest on MSNBC described President Obama’s move as “brilliant.” In their distorted thinking they surmise that since not all Catholics adhere to the Church’s teachings, especially on birth control, they can cause a split in the Church.
First of all, the militant secular left continually cites the Guttmacher Institute’s polling, which is about as accurate as the daily pronouncements of Syria’s Bashar Assad. Secondly, it is one thing for Catholics to go against the Church’s teachings, it is quite another to say they are proud of it and want more Big Government telling them what they and the Catholic Church to do. The sheer nuttiness of this was illustarted in a discussion which occurred on Sean Hannity’s the Great American Panel seen on Fox News last week. One of the participants Jehmu Greene told fellow panelist Andrea Tantaros that without birth control she wouldn’t be here. When the incredulous Tantaros wondered how that could logical be, Greene went on a tirade that demeaned women who have children and or decide to work at home.
For years the militant secular left has treated pregnancy as a disease and families as inconvenient truths interfering with their own narcissistic ends. Powerhouse television shows like Sex and City helped to illustrate this point. Katharine Jean Lopez of the National Review wrote some time ago how disgusted she felt seeing men demeaned as objects in the Sex and City movie, the very treatment feminists have railed about for years.
However with the narcissistic Sex and City lifestyle comes another reality playing out in the streets of Athens, Greece and soon to come to a city or country near you in the western world. The declining birth rate means the youngest among us will have to eventually have to pay for a culture that aborted or contracepted itself into oblivion. The generous benefits demanded by those cultures, especially from the militant secular left can only last so long. As the old saying goes; “The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.” The ancient Greek world gods who hailed narcissism and hedonism and whose lifestyle was proselytized by the Epicureans seem as irrelevant as ever as the pall of smoke hangs over the Acropolis, a fitting metaphor for what the militant secular left has wrought.
Thankfully the Catholic Church, whose regenerative seeds were planted by Pope John Paul II’s Springtime of Evangelization which continues in earnest under Pope Benedict XVI, is now bearing fruit. This harvest comes via the leadership of younger more orthodox minded priests fresh out of the the seminary as well as the recent ecclesial appointments (bishops, archbishops and cardinals) who are speaking out like never before against a government mandate which is such an anathema to the United States Constitution. This is evidenced by dioceses and parishes across the land denouncing the HHS Mandate. In addition, the rise of younger nuns like the Nashville Dominicans and the Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist are growing by leaps and bounds all the while their rebellious liberal counterparts haven’t seen a postulant since the Carter Administration.
However, we can’t quite leave this topic without giving a nod to Pope Paul VI. Though his pontificate was rocked with much of the same turmoil that came out of the 1960s and 1970s, he did prophetically write in his encyclical Humanae Vitae of the hedonistic problems that could be a result of the pill. In addition he wrote of the demonic ends that would come from abortion, and last of all a demographic winter that would come as a result of all of this.
The mainstream media seems either intentionally deceptive, clueless or woefully ignorant of all of these matters within the Catholic Church. While the numbers of Catholics and Evangelicals continue to grow, the media’s favorite liberal churches continues their statistical l freefall. I have written about all of this for some time and now it seems the appropriate time to release my next book. It is now looking like May as the release date for the follow up to The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism tentatively entitled; The Tide Continues to Turn Toward Catholicism. The major problem I am facing is sending my editor updates as this whole political and religious drama unfolds. The book will be available through Catholic Word, a consortium of Catholic publishers whose publishing presence is increasing as many other publishers are decreasing.
Finally in our own way we need to educate the faithful that the Catholic Church continues to grow and strengthen as she has done every other time she has been under attack. Jesus promised us that this would be the case (Matthew 16:15-20) and so it is. Sadly the Church sometimes loses her way when times are good, because we often become a part of the world. Jesus warned us that though we must be in the world, we must never be of the world. Thankfully, because we are heeding His words the tide continues to turn!