Category Archives: Politics and Society
Politics and Society
Christendom no longer exists, but, nevertheless, Catholics must be active members of their respective societies and agents of justice in a world bereft of moral values. We must know history, not merely current events. European history, after the conversion of the nations, was the history of the Church. This history is certainly important to know. But, as Americans, we cannot afford to be ignorant of our own history. The virtue of patriotism, which is actually a natural manifestation of the supernatural gift of piety, demands that we have an appreciation for whatever is good in the history of this land of ours, not just after 1776, but since events were recorded here. The virtue of patriotism also obligates us to recognize the sins of our nation. “My country right or wrong,” is an evil axiom that changes patriotism into self-adulating nationalism.
As Catholics, we ought to be justly concerned about world events, especially about the persecution of the Church that is going on in other countries. Advantage ought to be taken of the many good Catholic outlets of information that are available today. Our website is a good source of the news that counts. From our religious perspective, we are able to bypass the useless information and disinformation that fills the major media, and provide the news that affects our lives as members of the Church militant. If it doesn’t help anyone sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity) we don’t post it.
A number of our members have made a holy and helpful suggestion, with which we wholeheartedly concur. They have asked me to encourage all members of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts to recite Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, the prayer composed by the Apostle of Ireland himself, to ask the protection of the Holy Trinity in his struggle to deliver the people of Ireland from the … More →
There are a few postings on this site covering the weird doings of homosexual activists who attempted to invade the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. In the end, they were undone by their own mendacious and ham-handed attempt to force themselves on the parade’s organizers. The attempt failed, even though Boston Mayor Martin Walsh attempted to make the parade “inclusive” by bringing both … More →
Should we be surprised that a group of unrepentant homosexuals desiring to parade their vice flamboyantly at a Catholic event would lie in order to do so? Below is a press release from the parade organizers sent to Catholicism.org: VETERANS TELL DIFFERENT STORY MEDIA REPORTS SLANTED South Boston Allied War Veterans Council P.O. Box 350 South Boston MA. 02127 Sponsors of The South Boston St. … More →
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today commended the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council — the sponsors of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade — for resisting pressure from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to include a homosexual group affiliated with MassEquality in this year’s parade. A previous attempt by a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge to force the inclusion of a homosexual organization resulted in … More →
If a stronger nation attempts to undermine a weaker nation’s politics, change its laws, replace its traditional religion, and otherwise impose the stronger nation’s cultural agenda on it, this is generally considered to be “imperialism.” Western liberals often condemn this kind of activity if it is a matter, for instance, of bringing Catholicism to various African, Asian, or Latin American nations. However, when the shoe … More →
(Culture of Life Africa, 2/24/2014) In Europe and US, as far as the LGBT subculture is concerned, everyone is expected to blend in, those who cannot blend in must bend, and those who cannot bend will surely be broken and burnt for good measure. In this way they have already broken so many. They have shut down businesses, closed down religious adoption services, terminated work … More →
Dr. Robert Moynihan, of Inside the Vatican, sends out periodic email letters to which I subscribe. He sent out (so far) two letters on the situation in Ukraine. Since neither is posted yet on his web site, I am posting part of the most recent one here. (Copyright is not an issue, I believe, as he has no copyright notice on the emails.) This is … More →
The question is a serious one. As an American, I do not trust our own government officials,1 who want to impose their agenda on Ukrainians. (Just ask Blessed Emperor Karl about the United States’ bad habit of remapping the rest of the world.) As a Catholic, I sympathize with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the spiritual Father of the world’s 4.2 million Ukrainian Greek Catholics. (From … More →
From Daniel McAdams on LewRockwell.com: US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt were caught in a phone conversation leaked yesterday actively plotting over which of the Ukrainian opposition figures should take which position in a post-coup Ukraine government. In the call, they were furious that the EU was not as quick to move from words to action as the … More →
The question posed by the title of this article was asked several of us by our august editor. Its immediacy is reinforced by the season of Christmas – which, despite being under sporadic attack by “holiday” partisans, centers on the one Holy Day still observed by the majority of the world. Despite the anti-Christian moral tone of many of “her” governments around the world, the … More →
While recently reading some of G.K. Chesterton’s written reflections in 19271 shortly after his return from his invited April-May visit to Poland, and then also some of his more abiding insights about the plight and character of Poland almost a decade later, in his posthumously published autobiography in 1936, I thought to bring to the further appreciation of a modern audience, by way of sobering … More →
Warning: The opinion expressed here is controversial. It is also quite old and is in line with what a whole string of popes taught as authoritative Catholic doctrine. While many conservatives — including conservative Catholics (who conserve surprisingly little) — laud “religious liberty” as our salvation from Nanny-State persecution, the logic of religious liberty unshackled from Catholic truth leads us inexorably toward… HELL.
In 1906, my home town of San Francisco, then the largest city in the United States west of Chicago, was destroyed by earthquake and fire. When I was a kid there were still a lot of folks around who had adult memories of the disaster and I often heard their stories. What I now remember most is the pride of those persons. They had every … More →
In his excellent article “Thy Kingdom Come,” Gary Potter explains an important distinction in French society of the nineteenth century: What we need to grasp is that all during the years of which we speak, and to a very real extent even today, there were virtually two countries within the national territory of France. Toward the end of the nineteenth century they would be given … More →