For a New Christendom: The Vacuousness of Civilization without Roman Catholicism
By Joseph Andrew Settanni
“Our own civilization will pass, as those of the past have done; there is no need either to fear or to regret it. … beneath the outward form there is being built up continuously the Body of Christ, which is the unity of mankind in truth and charity.” – Dom Griffiths, The Golden String
As the contemporary world now jolts haphazardly into what appears to be a so cybernetic, technologic, and technocratic experience syndrome, euphemistically now called “advanced civilization,” subjectivism and relativism both, therefore, prove to be increasingly dominant sociocultural traits of very existentially ephemeral and yet, presumably, sensate beings.
The dynamic element within all this gross moral chaos is, of course, secularization, meaning the deliberate Godlessness, without end. It is a relatively easy prediction that tremendously vast numbers of robots, cyborgs, and diverse animate creatures of DNA experiments will, crescively, populate the then near future modern world of, say, 2050 AD.
Not surprisingly, materialism, naturalism, and hedonism are superior guiding lights of much too earthly wisdom seeking to “educate” the cited chaos abundant within the presumed secularist New Eden, ever expectant. Rationalism, the bastard ideologization of rationality, is the very peculiar orchestra conductor leading this extremely discordant symphony, recommended now for its postmodernist flair, to the great cheers of degenerates and reprobates everywhere.
With many ideologically-manufactured “rights” being so routinely accorded various kinds of subhumans, plants/flora, and even inanimate objects (e. g., robots), the upcoming odd realities of the insane Brave New World become much easier and easier to foresee and, thus, to plainly foretell, as well as the popular inanities involved. Man’s immortal soul, thus, becomes vainly forgotten.
The Strange Scope of Insanity and Nihilism Observed
Nihilism and its necessary consequence when applied too logically, meaning insanity, will then replace almost all rational thought and behavior, as, e. g., humans start to “marry” or at least “copulate” with their robots for their quite systematically degraded and degenerate lifetimes. Laboratories will increasingly manufacture creatures, both humanoid and many that are very bizarre beyond present mindfulness, who will become embraced by a very morally diminished humanity. Godlessness so seeks, after all, the lowest common denominator along a slippery slope.
Why? They will be lacking all true self-respect and a sense of self-worth, for what used to be regarded as the traits of superior humanism qua exalted humanity, for the people of the West used to feel as important as is their God. But, the mental and psychological conditioning of the tendencies of modern and, especially, postmodern philosophy and attendant ideologies have substantially reduced the concept of what it is to be human.
The great Edmund Burke, in Reflections on the Revolution in France, visualized and discerned correctly the ugly pattern of radical thought and its necessary results in saying, ”a king is but a man; a queen is but a woman; a woman is but an animal; and an animal not of the highest order.” Thus, literally centuries ago, the proverbial “writing” was clearly set on the wall and perceived with a rare and keen insight vastly unequalled by all the normally praised minds of the Enlightenment put together.
The so-called Enlightened minds, furthermore, could not ever foresee the very harsh realities of actual Communism, Fascism or Nazism, much less be pessimistic about their absurd fixations or radical predilections. In short, Hell was brought to earth, and Satan was then invited to the party, whether Nazi, Communist, or Fascist Party was not an ultimate matter for any concern.
The centralized power of the State, Thomas Hobbes’ Mortal God, was, of course, surely exalted and deified; humanity, as a most necessary result, was unceremoniously deflated toward, in effect, a quite awkward meaninglessness, along with the insane proliferation of myth, magic, and superstition within modernity and, later, postmodernity.1
Verily, with time’s inexorable passage, the variously odd and hellish forces of existentialism, phenomenology, deconstructionism, materialism, pragmatism, positivism, and much else demonically allowed for the horrid advance of immanentism that created, in turn, the evil reductionism perceived in the ever-lowered image of man. This easily explains the Orwellian insanity, merely but one instance here among many, concerning how Planned Parenthood’s [what an oxymoron!] Cecile Richards was given a ‘”Human Rights” Award this year.
Even great existential angst cannot really turn the vile tide of humanity’s degradation and minimization as to ontological beingness, as millions now, because of their materialism or naturalism, ignore or simply deny that they have an immortal soul. But, that is not all that is actually occurring, for a rampant moral darkness is enveloping what has absurdly gotten called contemporary “civilization.”
From modernity to postmodernity, there is the ongoing emasculation of men and diminishment of manhood, the ugly spectacle of Western faithlessness, the truly vain narcissism of the idiotic victimization culture, the integral nihilism and self-contempt of Feminism revealed explicitly by its surrender to Islam’s obvious misogynistic orientation, and, moreover, the overall major lack of courage and will to strongly resist the cumulative decline of basic moral, social, and cultural normality. In addition, postmodernism and its ideologies offer no real hope of true salvation, whether on earth or, of course, anywhere else.
And, with growing atheism and secular humanism pervading both society and culture, this odd situation could not really be otherwise as a (decadent) naturalism takes hold that denies all free will and any personal responsibility; increasingly, the growing majority are becoming unable to capably see past their last best orgasm, much less engaging in sustained rational cognizance for extended periods of time. In short, sin ends up making people stupid. Feelings, all valuations get these days transmuted, sooner or later, into feelings, for as the amoral saying has it, if it feels good, do it. Such is the veritable apotheosis of glorified secular emotions and passions.
What has been occurring, though mainly unobserved, and especially under the evil auspices of Islam, is the deliberate reprimitivization and rebarbarization of contemporary humanity. Being prescient as ever, G. K. Chesterton correctly noted, in All Things Considered, that, “Civilization in the best sense merely means the full authority of the human spirit over all externals. Barbarism means the worship of those externals in their crude and unconquered state. Barbarism is the worship of nature.” And, all lewd and lascivious behavior evilly fights against both holiness and morality, for radicalism, rationalism, and naturalism have all severely debased humanism.
Naturalism’s final course is to logically reduce humans into becoming mere collections of oddly unsorted, grunting, panting, rutting, brain-dead, barbarized beasts, as easily witness the Islamic State’s “warriors” who, e. g., do so routinely pillage, rape, slaughter, butcher, and destroy at will. However, of course, none of this is really “new” news.
Writing after the then recent horrors of World War II, in the context of the Gifford Lectures, Christopher Dawson, in Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, seriously warned that, “Our generation has been forced to realize how fragile and unsubstantial are the barriers that separate civilization from the forces of destruction. We have learnt that barbarism is not picturesque myth or a half-forgotten memory of a long-passed stage of history, but an ugly underlying reality which may erupt with shattering force whenever the moral authority of a civilization loses its control.” How may this be, furthermore, manifestly seen?
These days, whenever a horrible Muslim terrorist blast goes off anywhere, one does then empirically see, indeed, how very easily “the moral authority of a civilization loses its control.” Only a pathetic moron would, moreover, demand more substantive proof. For as Pope Leo XIII, in his Inscrutabili, so wisely understood, “That civilization which conflicts with the doctrines of Holy Church is but a worthless imitation and a hollow name.” Amen.
Western civilization, therefore, had quite long ago lost its once great moral authority, when it ceased to be the proper abode of a living Christendom, of a regime that openly honored and glorified Christ the King. What have been the horrid results of intensive de-Christianization?
Most Western Europeans, for instance, freely exhibit a genuine PC lack of self-respect as their people do get, repeatedly and brutally, raped, murdered, and terrorized because of an insane refusal to obviously see terrorist Moslems as the necessary enemy of a rational and intelligible mankind, a humane society and culture. And yet, this is only on the surface of events.
Mortal men do not generally realize, because degrees of secularization have heavily beclouded their normally feeble minds, that real metaphysical warfare exists with the forces of Hell. This kind of serious ignorance and often indifference produces necessarily harmful results that hinder the goal of salvation.
Moral degradation and its resulting brutality of spirit, moreover, fully allows for this attitude, which, like an acid, eats away at needed ethical and moral clarity. The very same week, in Great Britain, that witnessed the effusively heralded and celebrated birth of a wealthy royal baby saw, in an evil contrast, the NHS “celebrated” murder, through much demonically cruel and deliberate starvation, of poor little Alfie Evans. He was yet another human sacrifice made to honor Satan, as are rapes, murders, abortions, infanticides, suicides, and all the vile acts of euthanasia and sodomy.
Such crimes against humanity and a humane order cry to high Heaven and low Hell for a just retribution. And so, the United Kingdom is quite needfully plagued by Islam as nemesis, for the mighty hand of God can work in mysterious ways and use whatever instrumentalities that may exist. The Supreme Lord Almighty, in His holy righteousness, can freely punish any men and even entire nations at will.
Furthermore, the malevolent dehumanization and secularization of both mind and spirit has its many noted sad consequences, generally all being terrible to behold or worse. Most such are, or ought to be, fairly well known by now, though it may seem prosaic to below mention them, for a sort of needed reiteration, for deliberate Godlessness ever has its negative consequences.
Meanwhile, the secularist (read: demonic) dedication to legal abortion, infanticide, artificial contraception, euthanasia, divorce, pornography, drug addiction, suicide, etc. clearly shows, viably demonstrates, a disturbing profound nihilism leading to human self-annihilation; for the notable worldwide birth dearth, in addition, is absolutely real, not a falsely supposed view of overpopulation. It is one of the many intellectual fallacies of postmodernism triumphant. It could not be otherwise, for it is fully opposed to the first and only true revolution in the course of all of human history, meaning faith in Jesus Christ.
Postmodernity, in other words, is so expected to logically crush both Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment, in the name of that great whore-god known as Progress. Depending so often upon nominalist predilections these days, such a predicted future gets projected as either being a simply lovely utopia or, in fact, a real dystopia; there is, however, no actual middle ground as a truly viable third choice; it is either the one or the other. As ever, the wages of sin is death, while a too “sophisticated” neglect of one’s immortal soul will prove eternally fatal, not just merely inconvenient or supposedly uncomfortable.
Where there ought to be moral reason and common sense confronting all degeneracy and decadence, there is present a moral vacuum instead, which has sucked in an entire civilization; where prudence and justice ought to logically reign, there is an emptiness galore in its place; where social and cultural certitude should exist against ethical chaos and sheer abnormality, there is situation ethics, values-clarification relativism, proffered behaviorism, and an amoral sentimentality, so dehumanization, accordingly, proceeds easily apace.
Human beings, as fallen creatures in a fallen world, tend to unfortunately choose the negative extreme, the lowest common denominator, much too often to question this rather sad previous assertion.
The vain pursuit of Utopia on earth will be even more constantly distant, consequently, as with the utter predictable failure of each and every Communist regime/Utopia; this rather than the elusive high Heaven above, unless someone simply remains a quite delusional and compulsive optimist beyond all human reason and logical sensibility or, perhaps, simply an ideologist.
There have been, for instance, too many known genocides, religious and other conflicts, two world wars, etc.; so, it is rationally inconceivable, except for true optimists, that a third world war will never ever occur. And, unsurprisingly, the ongoing nuclear proliferation, as is known, is quite the general rule, not the exception.
Given the surely massive growth in nihilism and its attendant conjuring of insanity so vigorously encompassing the world, the possible prospects for a truly harmonious and peaceful planet are really not that likely, to say the least. The frightful capacity of humanity to go joyously about slaughtering and exterminating mankind is well documented through two horrendous world wars, genocides, etc.2
No weapon invented, as witness Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has ever gone unused. Also, much very fertile ground obviously exists, thus, for many power-mad and fully enraged fanatics, not for thousands of merely humble or meek Christian saints certainly. And, that observation is an understatement, especially whenever various extreme moral vacuums govern the world. The ever pubescently progressive “sophisticated” cognoscenti are mindlessly enthralled to exciting heterogeneity for its own sake and, thus, do critically detest normality as just too retrogressive nonsense or, perhaps, mere excess baggage.
It is not enough, regardless, to have above plaintively detailed the many reasons and results of contemporary civilization’s decline and decadence; there is, in fact, an alternative that viably exists, for it has been truly tested historically and not theoretically; and, it is the intelligent and knowledgeable recommendation for the positive restoration needed through the creation of a new Christendom (literally “the Kingdom of Christ”), a verifiable and intelligible Christian civilization.
Hope Presented through Roman Catholicism
Therefore, there is rationally posited the wise and thoughtful notion of the overt vacuousness of any alleged advanced civilization, when it (secularly) exists without requisite (orthodox) Roman Catholicism being its informative and creative Christocentric guiding light. In sharp contrast, the existing and regnant anthropocentrism, the supposed glorification of a deified mankind, is yet, actually, the covert worship of Satan and the hosts of Hell.
All one need do is take a walk through one of the human cesspools, such as the 42nd Street area of Manhattan in New York City, and easily obtain there tremendous empirical verification of such factuality. On second thought, considering 42nd Street and other similar notable locations, it is really the so open worship of the Devil and his hellish ways.
In a Catholic author’s thoughtful volume composed shortly after the devastation of World War II, titled Religion and Culture, Dawson there presented the overall seeming vast dilemma that, “We are faced with a spiritual conflict of the most acute kind, a sort of social schizophrenia which divides the soul of society between non-moral will to power served by inhuman techniques and a religious faith and moral idealism which have no power to influence human life. There must be a return to unity – a spiritual integration of culture – if mankind is to survive.” The below considerations do aim toward this needed spiritual integration of culture.3
Generations ago, it was rationally thought that the main thrust of true civilization was meant to enhance man’s humanity, what once was called Hellenization, the ancient Greek philosophical ideal of a viable living humanism that rightly harmonized man’s humanity with the finest kind of exemplification of what informed human thought could then achieve.
There was to be religious, social, cultural, aesthetic, etc. advancements by which ever higher levels of civilized thought and behavior, cognizance and conduct, could be thereby reached for the useful sake of the desired promotion of excellence for mankind. A special sort of spiritual commonwealth of humanity was thought capable of existing at least on a philosophical level of attainment, if not always in all ways imaginable.
The idios kosmos, the self-limiting private world of ever shrinking possibilities for personal and spiritual growth that encouraged negativity, was to be intelligently replaced by the koinos kosmos, the adventuring growth of heart, mind and spirit of the public world toward an ever greater community of shared interests, responsibilities, and visions for human greatness and communicative intelligence. This latter point of view aimed at increasing man’s humanity in the best sense possible. The betterment of mankind, when practice basically matched cognition, would be the fairly logical result.
It can be properly noted, therefore, that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, along with such thinkers as Hypocrites who denounced abortion, raised significantly the advanced awareness of human consciousness, toward levels not previously achieved in the ancient world, as to rational, moral, and ethical thought and conduct. Such was the highly precious effort, struggling ever mightily against the outward barbarism, to try to advance the preferred koinos kosmos, the universal order, of truly sapiential, humane, and sensate creatures.
The Greek philosophers came to value Logos, the Word, in Latin Verbum, as the highest type of knowledge for an architectonic comprehension of all of reality. St. John the Evangelist, in his Gospel’s First Chapter, had significantly and knowingly incorporated this matter by writing: In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc erat in principio apud Deum. Omnia per ipsum facta sunt: et sine ipso factum est nihil, quod factum est. In ipso vita erat, et vita erat lux hominum: et lux in tenebris lucet, et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt.
The Romans had, furthermore, called an enlarged sense of man’s humanity the exalted spirit and beneficent genius of humanitas, a suitable parallel to the achievement in thought of the Greeks. In fact, historically, both Judaism and Christianity had, thus, greatly benefited from Hellenization by the affects, the good influences, of its philosophical approach toward human comprehension and deportment, when set within a truly civilized and humane society and its integral culture. The human spirit was raised up from coarseness, incivility, and barbarism.
It was the way in which Roman citizenship could become possible for all civilized people of the empire; St. Paul, as an illustration, was always proud of his being a citizen of Roman, for the useful and beneficial Hellenization of Catholicism wisely encouraged it to incorporate the best of the Greek ideals and the Roman virtues.
It was not for nothing, after all, that the ever observant G. K. Chesterton noted sagaciously that Christianity had merely Christianized the great Roman virtues of fidelitas, humanitas, pietas, and civitas. Moreover, the classical four cardinal virtues, prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude, were, of course, added, by the Roman Catholic Church, to the theological-religious virtues of faith, hope, and charity for creating a more humane society and culture. People have long since forgotten the great civilizing debt surely owed to Christianity that mightily surpassed the Greco-Roman heritage of epistemically restricted pagan rationality.
The universality of Christian belief, going well beyond the limitations of the Judeocentric faith, helped, over a period of many centuries, to displace and finally remove the fear-filled, highly superstitious atmosphere of the ancient times; this was when and where people thought that usually harmful forces, (irrational) divinities, goblins, and other things of the natural world held a prohibitive and (usually in the end) malevolent power over human lives.
Through the teachings of Christianity, Nature was rationally conquered which, in turn, laid the foundations for science to replace mythological conjectures or naturalistic-mysterious thinking; a positive demystification and disenchantment of the natural or pagan world occurred that was cognitively and spiritually liberating, more than contemporary people can know.
Such very instructive books as How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods demonstrates the proven greatness of what was done by and through Catholicism. If only men were convinced, however, that mere rationality is not enough and if only they would stop confusing solid rationality and logic with the irrational idolatry of Rationalism, a god-term if there ever was one, quite similar to Progress.
Catholicism is, thus, always superior to either of those two cleverly disguised superstitions that have as their main positivist course the intentional stigmatization and emasculation of all theology and cognate religion. In any event, human productive efforts ought to be ultimately directed toward the solemn and needed worship of God and the salvation of souls, especially inclusive, as it would help to be known, of the traditional Latin Mass of Catholicism at its so intended core.
All of it, meaning the practical exercise of the Christianized virtues and much else, in Europe helped then to progressively raise many lawless barbaric tribes, over the centuries, up to the higher advanced level of lawful citizenship, with an attendant vital Christian sense of humanity coming into the modern age.
Today’s quite vulgarly apostate Europe, with its overt neopaganization, reprimitivization, and rebarbarization, is as obviously reactionary and retrogressive as could be. And, this is why Hilaire Belloc, in his Europe and the Faith, had boldly there stated that, “Europe will return to the faith, or she will perish.” He saw, of course, no other genuinely creditable way, given the lived past history and historical logic involved.
Therefore, starting historically back in Ancient Times and then the Middle Ages, every member of Christendom was a true child of God, deserving of human respect, whose humanity was, thus, unquestioned as to Baptism’s birthright of every Christian, of the believers in Jesus Christ. And, nothing was thought strange about this wondrous consideration of an equality of believers before Almighty God. The metaphysical order was openly affirmed as just and right because of its holiness, because all were related to the Mystical Body of Christ.
All the seven aforementioned virtues combined can, moreover, compose the positive elements of a genuine Christian humanism, supportive of an authentic Christian civilization, should there ever be a most wholesome desire, e. g., to properly create a new Christendom in the world. The historic fact worth considering is how Catholicism ended up being the first religion known for its observed universality; this was, as a basis, by Christianizing Roman Civilization and then spreading further outwards ever since, throughout the entire world, on a, thus, truly global scale of spiritual and missionary endeavor.
As H. C. Lea had insightfully expressed it, in his A History of Sacerdotal Celibacy, “The Latin church is the great fact which dominates the history of modern civilization.” To the much wider point needing to be encompassed, Belloc, in The Crisis of Civilization, insightfully stressed the important fact that, “Religion is the main determining element in the formation of a culture or civilization.”
As Lord Acton firmly wrote about the nature of the Church, in his Döllinger on the Temporal Power, “At once the most firm and the most flexible institution in the world, she is all things to all nations – educating each in her own spirit, without violence to its nature, and assimilating it to herself without prejudice to the originality of its native character.” How was this meant?
Catholicism is a creative, not destructive, force, especially when compared to the notable moral destruction conjured into vain existence by the secularization of life, society, and culture, taken now to extremes of insanity; this is, of course, popularly or generally descriptive of what gets so denominated as current “civilization,” whatever that may or may not existentially mean these days. Of course, some quidnuncs may yet dismiss all of it as merely pure gestalt.
However, in his Immortale Dei, Pope Leo XIII, there noted that, “wherever the Church has set her foot, she has straightway changed the face of things, and has attemptered the moral tone of the people with a new civilization and with virtues before unknown.” And, what is the main indicative purpose of all this moral and spiritual effort?
The Holy Father opened his charitable remarks by unabashedly saying: “The Catholic Church, that imperishable handiwork of our all-merciful God, has for her immediate and natural purpose the saving of souls and securing our happiness in heaven.” What did he mean?
The requisite goals of the Church are the defense and promotion of true transcendence versus immanentism and nihilism, the great wanting for and cultivation of an increase of holiness in abundance contrary to the laicist scarcity of chastity and morality, and the ever quite enormous preferment of Christian charity and humility athwart human hubris and egotism unbounded. For there should be fully operative the important and educative Catholic social and political principles of subsidiarity and solidarity; the viable architectonic ethic that superbly relates to the important character of the sociocultural parts involved is subsidiarity.
This pertains directly, however, to the true good of the whole as to by which the appropriate benefits of both solidarity and subsidiarity are directed toward, which is, of course, called the common good, the true summum bonum, as was classically known. Furthermore, in the truly total sense meant, this particular understanding is properly and accurately denoted as the Mystical Body of Christ. As ought to be comprehended, all this concerns genuine Christian normality opposed to the growing insanity seen in a decadent and dying modern civilization.
Otherwise, what aesthetically, socially, economically, philosophically, and culturally exists now should, therefore, hardly be pompously called by the proper name of civilization; it is, as has been above detailed in this brief article, sheer vacuousness instead. How can this be better known, nonetheless, as to the truth of what is adamantly asseverated here?
Secularization, the sacrilegious instilling of a moral and spiritual vacuum, ever leads only toward a necessary dead end. Impiety is, thus, the weak mind’s crass irreligious sarcasm put on display as a miscreant form of deliberated ignorance. Keeping knowingly to the verified foundational basics, M. C. D’Arcy, in God and the Supernatural, considerately had remarked that, “The true meaning of civilization is growth in fellowship and common life.”
Decadence and decay, in contrast, breeds bizarrely anarchic idiosyncrasy for its own sake, not for creativity or inventiveness certainly. As is expected, the idios kosmos ever ignorantly seeks, within every unfortunately decadent civilization, society or culture, to replace entirely the quite beneficial koinos kosmos. A prime centering for genuine moral and spiritual sanity, fortunately, is the venerable, traditional Latin Mass splendidly provided by the Roman Catholic Church, as it has done so, of course, for many centuries.
In any event, for those who have the intelligence and can understand the plain logic of truth, what is being rationally and spiritually called for is the obviously needed restoration of sanity; this is held in requisite opposition to the surely gross insanity of anarchic postmodernism as the crudely dissolute child of the now much decayed and rotten modernism crumbling into a well-deserved meaninglessness. The proper defense of Catholic orthodoxy, as Chesterton would have fully agreed, is synonymous with the wholesome support for a useful and beneficial return to human sanity.4
But, in this terribly warped day and age, what would normally be a so modest proposal exists now as a quite significantly major and rather bold radical challenge to the prevalent reigning heterodoxy perceived in most social, cultural, political, and spiritual affairs of this fallen world. There must be, ought to be, some right focusing of a foundational or basic unity that acts as a wholesome pledge of spiritual allegiance, such as the Apostles Creed:
Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem, Creatorem caeli et terrae, et in Iesum Christum, Filium Eius unicum, Dominum nostrum, qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria Virgine, passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus, descendit ad ínferos, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis, ascendit ad caelos, sedet ad dexteram Patris omnipotentis, inde venturus est iudicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem, remissionem peccatorum, carnis resurrectionem, vitam aeternam. Amen.
Without really enough shared commonality, moreover, the “civil” does not quite then get to be positioned properly into the always much larger and comprehensive notion of civilization. And, that empirically tends to have greatly negative or significantly deleterious consequences for a society and culture, especially for a presumably “advanced” one neglecting greatly the koinos kosmos, the universal order, surely suitable for mankind.
One keenly suspects that such a course is, therefore, the notable horrid debasement of man’s humanity, along with the open corruption of a civilization as well. Just look at contemporary degenerate Western Europe for easy verification or, to be manifestly honest, even decadent America as well, for millions of people do not perceive how Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Georg Friedrich Hegel, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, V. I. Lenin, and others had brutalized man’s conception of humanity. Related good reading would include Thomas P. Neill’s Makers of the Modern Mind for the much useful and insightful affirmation of the truth.
But, as this critical article should rationally and logically demonstrate, in notably highlighting past historical, philosophical and theological developments, conditions do not have to be this way; for one can freely approach the so greatly liberating and tremendously salvific Light of Christ. Humanity, therefore, need not simply chose a forever hyper-debasement and ugly degradation as being nihilistically axiomatic of all human life without any real hope.
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, in the Historical Sketches, had noted something about man’s fundamental humanity in that, “Civilization is that state to which man’s nature points and tends; it is the systematic use, improvement, and combination of those faculties which are his characteristic; and, viewed in its idea, it is the perfection, the happiness of our moral state.” Furthermore, the greatness of man’s moral state would be in due proportion, as being directive of the presented tenor of this article, to how well the concerted effort is truly made toward the authentic restoration of a new Christendom definitely centered on the traditional Latin Mass.
Besides the needed always generous devotion to all of fidelitas, humanitas, pietas, and civitas, along with logical favoring of the koinos kosmos, such a Christian civilization would properly be empowered tremendously by spiritually entertaining and promoting its faith, hope, and charity; the demonic reprimitivization and rebarbarization of humanity must, therefore, be logically and morally, rationally and spiritually, resisted both forcefully and intelligently, and not otherwise.
The requisite foundations of such a Christendom would include the teaching of both the Seven Corporal Acts of Mercy and Seven Spiritual Acts of Mercy; lives oriented and inspired strongly toward cultivating holiness and sanctification, support for the Seven sacraments of the Church, praying the Rosary, fasting and mortification, and sincere veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary would have to exist.
All would be vital parts of a Christian civilization as to supportive practices, affirming the always absolutely important metaphysical order of reality, within the both good and directive spirit of Christian humanism, as was so fully well known, for instance, by St. Thomas Moore, a Man for All Seasons. For if humans do not seek to become increasingly humane, their natural tendency is to become more savage, more barbaric, more primitive, in their affectations and affections; civilization, unless so carefully attended to, is more fragile than usually known and remains only skin deep, even under the best of circumstances. And, few practical exceptions, if any, do actually exist.
Metaphysical order, therefore, must be properly set aright and acknowledged, otherwise social, cultural, political, etc. order will, definitely and increasingly, suffer as a direct result of unfortunate or feigned ignorance of the high supernatural priorities logically pertaining to that realm. At the last, it humbly needs to be recognized clearly that all human beings are merely the servants of Christ, and masters of nothing.
The traditional Latin Mass critically reiterates such a central and important basic point, and Peter Kwasniewski’s Nobel Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages and Peter Kwasniewski and Fr. Jonathan Robinson’s Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church both explain why.
As a Nobel Prize–winning novelist, William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies (revealing the many absurd lies behind Rousseau’s silly fantasies) should fairly suffice as an ever rather severe allegory easily confirming the entire truth of what has been confidently said.
The seen disgusting nadir, the depth, of intense moral and mental corruption, e. g., has been reached with the totally insane declaring of there being over 300 “genders” in supposed existence. In good contrast, the effort to have a new Christendom, therefore, presents an opportunity for real civilizational success, contrary to the already existing, crescive moral and spiritual malaise with its increasing moral confusion and societal dissolution, spiritual rot and ethical decay. But, faith in Christ ought to give hope for an alternative.
It may very well be possible of achievement, as long as the great “victory” achieved is rightly acknowledged not to have been done by a few geniuses or, perhaps, thousands or millions of people, but, rather, by the generous and holy will of Christ the Sovereign King. Jesus, as Lord and Redeemer, is, therefore, surely a humane civilization’s and, moreover, the world’s only true hope for salvation.
Athanasius contra mundum!
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