Blind Resentment: The Origins of Anti-Catholicism Today

In a US News and World Report essay that has been widely denounced as incoherent, poorly researched, and bigoted, Jamie Stiehm recently reproached Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her “clear religious bias” in dropping “the ball on American women and girls” as she “undermined the new Affordable Care Act’s sensible policy on contraception.”

The Justice did no more than provide a temporary stay for the Little Sisters of the Poor. According to Stiehm, this indicates that “Catholics often try to impose their beliefs on you, me, public discourse and institutions” far more than “WASPS, Methodists, Jews, Quakers or Baptists,” and especially about women. Now that there are six Catholic justices, Stiehm believes that the “Extreme Court” struggles in “practicing the separation of church and state.”

Many others have responded on the substance and merits of Stiehm’s claims, but it’s worth noting a few other recent stories in which women are seen as the “principal target” of “control” and “squelching.” One wonders why Stiehm thought these stories less worthy of comment than Justice Sotomayor’s “selling out the sisterhood.”

First, The Guardian carried a story on the “advertising campaign staple” of posing “beautiful women … as dead bodies” and the fetish of the “female corpse” in fashion. A new Mark Jacobs ad includes a woman “with the stiff, sightless demeanour of a body in the morgue,” while a movie promotion appearing on the cover of an entertainment magazine portrays a woman “in a bra and slip, pale, wide-eyed with surprise, very much dead. A tag is tied carefully around her toe.” Nor is this an isolated phenomenon, and the many examples linked in the piece support the conclusion that “over the years female corpses, especially beautiful female corpses, have become a staple of fashion shoots, advertising campaigns and TV shows.”

Second, a few days later, Jill Filipovic praised the “refreshing” nudity of the HBO show “Girls” because while “we’re accustomed to seeing naked female bodies on television as primarily decorative,” the show helps us understand that “the skin and the form underneath a woman’s clothes are not primarily for the visual consumption and sexual enjoyment of men.” But while Filipovic decries the use of “the female body as chiefly ornamental” in television, she seems oddly unperturbed that “even dead rape victims on Law & Order tend to” be “thin, young, conventionally attractive women with rounded breasts and cellulite-free thighs.” She rightly notes and criticizes the use of the female form, and yet she seems to have no particular issue with the depiction of dead rape victims in a way intended to make the viewer think, “I want to have sex with her, I want to look like that, I want to feel as desirable and as sexy as she must feel looking like that.”

Third, while removed from sale on iTunes, the first weeks of January included wide reporting on so-called “plastic surgery apps,” one of which encouraged young girls with the following blurb:

This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate her, doctor??

In other words, one was encouraged to play at cutting women’s bodies in order to make them “slim and beautiful.”

Last, American Apparel is in the news again. Proudly trumpeting—one might say cynically maneuvering—itself as “making clothing responsibly” in a way that is not “morally offensive and dated,” the company has attained notoriety for using apparently underage female models in various stages of undress or provocative stripping, and has recently unveiled a “shock” campaign of mannequins with visible nipples and pubic hair. All intended, of course, to use the female form even as the company disingenuously claims to combat the airbrushed and fake norms of advertising.

All of this leads one to wonder if Stiehm’s broadsides at “the forces arrayed against” women in the great “anti-woman conspiracy” are, perhaps, targeting the wrong culprits.

In the face of stylized violence and ritualized degradation of women by our entertainment, fashion, and media industries, is the genuine threat really the Little Sisters of the Poor, sometimes referred to as “the begging order”? Despite Stiehm’s claims that Rome would “tyrannize” girls and women as it becomes “more retrograde with each passing year,” a good many of us see this as precisely backwards. How shall we explain how decent, well-educated, wealthy journalists seem to be so unserious about serious things?

I take a hint from a recent essay by R.R. Reno in which he commented that “Catholicism has remained the most powerful institutional voice of dissent in the West.” When every other institution has said “yes,” the Church refrains, and for progressives confident that history and public opinion are moving inexorably toward their victory, “the surprising recalcitrance of traditional religious believers troubles them. Articulate, effective, and well-organized dissent makes it hard for them to dominate our society.”

This frustration is evident in Stiehm, who fulminates that “the rock of Rome refuses to budge on women’s reproductive rights” and “refuse[s] to change going forward.” How can this be? It’s “retrograde,” as everyone knows, and should capitulate, should budge before the forces of history. But it won’t!

In his famous work, Ressentiment, Max Scheler explains how resentment always reveals a sense of impotence or inability that the person cannot overcome by direct action but sublimates by declaring others’ strength to be repugnant and his or her own weakness to be a mark of worth. In time, resentment “sinks … deeply into the center of the personality,” becoming so central that it is unnoticed by the resentful person. The sufferer is unaware of his or her pneumopathology, even though it has become his or her character, and a genuine delusion occurs whereby values and judgments of value are inverted, with matters of real worth declared insignificant while the less worthy—sometimes even that which is of negative value—is praised. In this falsification of value, a person maintains his or her own sense of superiority by “an illusory devaluation of the other man’s qualities or by a specific ‘blindness’ to these qualities.” What is good is thought bad; what is bad is thought good.

Since resentment becomes an aspect of a person’s way of being, it is “a fixed pattern of experience which can accommodate the most diverse contents” as it “fashions each concrete experience of life and selects it from possible experiences.” That is, not only are persons of ressentiment unaware of their condition, believing their viewpoint to be normal and even enlightened, but, just as a sickness of vision may impair every perception without a person’s knowing, this sickness of spirit shapes each and every perception of worth. Consequently, experience itself—what some might consider common sense—no longer functions as a check or counter-balance to ideology or errors of judgment, for experience is always filtered and colored through the lens of resentment.

The struggle against Catholicism, as I see it, is not particularly about religion but more a revolt against reason and reality. Both have an irritating tendency to resist willfulness, retaining their elasticity and snapping back into their proper shape even after being pushed and pulled in many contrary directions. While the Roman Church may be one of the few institutions that coheres with reason and reality, the rage of revolt is directed against their limiting order as much as it is against those who speak about and for them.

Given Scheler’s description, what we can expect of the resentful is their continued and strengthening abhorrence of those who articulate—or even simply live—the truth about the good, and an ongoing inability to interpret those articulations as even possibly coming from good conscience rather than animus. The resentful will rage and disparage and cast aspersions as they confirm their own biased perceptions that all who oppose them do so for worthless causes, even as they self-congratulate for their own (deluded) values. And resentment is not cured by argument, or experience, or encounter, for all those resources have already been interpreted in advance by ressentiment, and they fall silent before those who cannot hear.

Of course, not all who disagree are resentful. Some simply understand things differently, and with them we cheerfully lock together in argument, reasoning together for a little while. And some of those who see things as we do are perhaps prone to their own resentments, what Walker Percy called “conservative rage.” We should never join them in the blindness and harshness of rage.

But for those formed by resentment, we can only hope to show a better way, but with very little optimism that the grace and luminosity of being will be seen. There is much the darkness has not comprehended, after all.

And much that it does not overcome.

Editor’s note: This essay first appeared March 14, 2014 on Public Discourse, the online publication of the Witherspoon Institute, and is reprinted with permission.

R. J. Snell

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R. J. Snell directs the Center on the University and Intellectual Life at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, and is a senior fellow at the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. He is the author (with Steve Cone) of Authentic Cosmopolitanism: Love, Sin, and Grace in the Christian University. His latest books are Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire and The Perspective of Love.

  • tom

    It’s only going to get worse. The Democrats can’t nominate a practicing Catholic for 2016. The GOP never has, so the likes of Jeb and Chris have zero chance due to the residual anti-Catholic beliefs of so many voting Republicans. The Little Sisters of the Poor may have to emigrate from America rather than violate Catholic belief. Perhaps we should follow?

    • Art Deco

      the residual anti-Catholic beliefs of so many voting Republicans.

      Who did you have in mind? Someone a la Christine Todd Whitman or Richard Thornburgh? You’ve had a number of Capitol Hil fixtures and opportunists stand for the Presidency in the last thirty years, but the last time a liberal or forthright political temporizer competed vigorously for the Republican presidential nomination was John Anderson’s campaign in 1980. George Bush pere certainly had a cultural affinity for these types, but he had spent much of his adult life drawing a distinction between himself and that subculture (before and after he entered politics).

      Did you notice that during the last Republican presidential contest, the vigorous candidates were (1) a Mormon and (2) a flagrant Catholic, (3) a Catholic adherent with a troublesome past. and (4) goofy Dr. Paul? The previous contest substituted did not have any Catholics, but did have a Southern Evangelical with some blue collar populist perspectives, something that suburban anti-Catholics would gag on just as much.

      I am just not seeing this sectarianism you are referring to.

      • Arriero

        Do you imagine a mormon running for president in a millenarian Catholic nation?

        It’s like a regular decahedron; that is to say, an oxymoron.

        • TheAbaum

          Do you imagine a mormon running for president in a millenarian Catholic nation?
          .
          First I’d have to imagine a “millenarian Catholic nation”, but that would involve entering your dreamspace.

          We could just imagine the normal array of autocrats, socialists, statists, nihilists of all parties that Europe gives us.

          • Arriero

            – «We could just imagine the normal array of autocrats, socialists, statists, nihilists, agnostics, atheists, autotheists and open adulterers from all parties that Europe gives us.»

            But never gave the world mormons. That is a made in P-USA product.

            I don’t know what you’re referring to when talking about «Europe». You should define what you understand for Europe (EU, EMU, etc.). Certainly, the concept of Europe, as it’s nowadays used, is an artificial – and hollow – invention. Neither I nor any Catholic share anything with a protestant swede more than we share with a chinese taoist. In fact, I share much more things with a vietnamese Catholic than with a Texas cowboy.

            I praise and extol Catholicism, not Europe. I don’t care very much for Europe in itself, I care for what (my) Europe has always represented. As Pope Benedict, I still consider Europe to be the Faith. I don’t assess Europe from a geographical or political – as you do – point of view. In Europe I always include the sons of the Empire’s Faith. If many of you are Catholics is because old and millenarian Europeans – either italians or irish or polish or Spanish, etc. – brought the Faith to America. Personally, I would not despise in that way my ancestors.

            But for your little «exceptional» world maybe is asking too much to understand the universal view of Catholicism. From its localism, Catholicism boosts its universalism*.

            * For instance, Faulkner comes to mind to exemply, in some way, this aspect. He wrote local stories, but from this localism he described universal emotions and feelings. That’s why an argentinian – like Borges – understood so well what was going on in Yoknapthawpa county.

            PD- Is a bit like the concept «Hispanidad» (Not the awful «Latino», which no one with a minimum intellect utilizes), which joins all Spanish-speakers, either from Peru or the Philippines.

            • TheAbaum

              But never gave the world mormons. That is a made in P-USA product.

              As of yet, mormons haven’t incinerated, incarcerated or murdered millions.

              Hey nitwit, Protestantism is a European invention. Without European protestants, no mormons.

              Nobody has a smaller or more ethnocentric world view than you.

              You praise your view of Catholicism, which is a caricature.

              • Arriero

                – «As of yet, mormons haven’t incinerated, incarcerated or murdered millions.»

                Probably they are busy with so many wives.

                – «Protestantism is a European invention»

                I don’t have nothing to do with Protestant Europe. That’s not my Europe. I share nothing with it.

                – «Without European protestants, no mormons.»

                Without the US, no mormons. Without European Catholics, no US Catholics. Without the Latin Church, no Catholicism in Europe.

                – «Nobody has a smaller or more ethnocentric world view than you.»

                The world has the same size whatever I say or think. My analysis is from a Catholic perspective. I know that after 200 years of hidden anti-Catholism, my Catholic world is a bit smaller.

                – «You praise your view of Catholicism, which is a caricature.»

                I don’t mind whether it is a caricature. The question is: it is right or wrong? Truth is that among all Catholic tradition I feel a special affection for the Latin Church, the one where the evil tentacles of protestantism were never allowed to penetrate.

                • TheAbaum

                  “I don’t have nothing to do with Protestant Europe. That’s not my Europe. I share nothing with it.”

                  And I have nothing to do with Mormon America,other than to occasionally dispatch their missionaries with a little less zeal then they arrived with at my door.

                  I’m reminded of the injunction to remove the log from your own eye before complaining of the speck in another’s.

                  You don’t analyze, you opine.

        • Art Deco

          Do you imagine a mormon running for president in a millenarian Catholic nation?

          Care to be coherent every once in a while??????

          • Arriero

            If you don’t say where’s the incoherence, does not make much sense.

            I’m open to all criticism.

    • uncle max

      If one defines the term ‘practicing Catholic’ as one who adheres to Catholic Doctrine and Dogma, i.e. rules – The term ‘practicing Catholic’ in the democratic party is an oxymoron.

  • Vinnie

    Wow! Those excerpts from “Ressentiment” explain today’s moral discord and discourse.

    As for this – ” Articulate, effective, and well-organized dissent makes it hard for them to dominate our society.” We shouldn’t take all the credit as we hear in Luke –
    “for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking* that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”

  • catherine maneker

    And perhaps some people are fearful of the Catholic Church because of it’s history????

    • Makalu

      Please explain what history you are referring to. Thr Catholic Church saved more Jews in WWII than any other institution. The Church has defended the true dignity of women since the first century, no other institution has done anything even close to protect the interests of women which is one reason why the Church opposes contraception. The Crusades were not perfect ; however, at the time it was a primarily defensive action to stem the tide of Islamic conquest. The Church is not perfect since humans are involved; however, it is the Church established by Christ and promulgated by the Apostles and guided by the Holy Spirit. It is the only Church which can’t change it’s dogmas at the whim of “modernity or progressives”.

      • cestusdei

        She is exactly the kind of anti-Catholic that the article refers too.

      • catherine maneker

        Please don’t assume I’m anti Catholic. Name calling does not make a conversation.
        I agree with you that The Catholic Church is the only and best way to stem Islam which worries me greatly since it’s winning the war of ideas and values. I would actually prefer that the Church was more outspoken in it’s values and ideas.
        I do think the collusion during WW2 of Pius XI and Mussolini/Fascism is shameful, as well as the Vatican’s role in the rise of modern anti-semitism is shameful.
        And I am grateful and aware of all the Church has done for our western civilization.
        I made my comment as more of a question. Perhaps anti Catholicism is partly from the negative parts of it’s history? Though I suspect it’s more about the love of Islam at this time. We need strong Catholics to be vocal.
        It’s not honourable to shut up criticism by attacking the person.

        I’m neither anti Catholic or anti-Catholic. I’m a Buddhist. Hope that doesn’t offend?

        • newguy40

          “Vatican’s role in the rise of modern anti-semitism is shameful.”

          What are you referring to, Catherine?

          • TheAbaum

            A discredited piece of calumny.

        • RufusChoate

          Ah no, just for clarity sake, the Soviet Union through the agency of East German/Nazis turn Communist Rolf Hochhuth who wrote the original source material in the Play: “The Deputy” The Soviets KGB and the Left engaged in a disinformation campaign against Pope Pius XII to limit the moral influence of the Church.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolf_Hochhuth

        • Arriero

          – «Perhaps anti Catholicism is partly from the negative parts of it’s history?»

          Which history? Anti-Catholics almost always know nothing about the Church’s history. They think they know something, but they’re complete illiterates.

          If you really study and understand the Church’s history you cannot do anything apart from loving such great Institution.

          History is full of pseudo-calvinism in its whig branch, which no only despised the Church but built, among other things, the Spanish Black Legend about the Exploration of America. Anti-Catholic anglo-saxon historians are to blame: they hated Catholicism, they hated Spain – as the greatest defender of the True Faith – and they hated the Church. All the things they said and wrote were, of course, nonsenses. Like this nonsense of Gibbon about Catholicism and the end of the Roman Empire.

          Buddism, with all respect, is profoundly irrational. You cannot compare Catholicism with Buddism. Meister Eckhardt, for instance, already said the few interesting things you can learn from orientalism in a much subtle and rational way.

          • catherine maneker

            And why would I want to compare? Except to make insults or feel superior? There is arrogance in all systems, including mine, and obviously yours. Did I say I hate Catholics? You are making wild assumptions deciding I am anti Catholic…….which is also profoundly irrational.

        • Kathy

          Catherine, I honestly do not know where this “hate the Jews” idea comes from. My husband and I went to 12 years of Catholic schooling and never once heard about how we should “hate the Jews.” We never heard it from the mouth of any priest. Never heard it at home or read it in any Catholic publication/book. I truly think this is another one of those “truths” that are used to discredit the Church.

          • catherine maneker

            Hi Kathy,
            Well…….I wish this was true in my case. My grandson, who is 13, goes to Catholic school. In his religion class last term the teacher told him anyone who is not Catholic is going to hell, and Jews killed God so they will go to hell. I’m married to a Jew. My grandson now thinks his grandfather and his grandmother are going to hell. Another grandson, going to a different Catholic School reported the same kind of teaching. Some camoplagued their anti-semitism as being against Israel, but really, it’s a safe way to express hatred towards Jews. I find the same with those who are really holocaust deniers , who state that it wasn’t as bad as it has been portrayed…….etc…….etc. Anti semitism is on the raise in the EU……….that is what makes me afraid. In Hungary it’s good catholics who have been promoting registration of Jews…..again. Politics become a hiding place of hatred.

            As I have said in other comments. I pray for the Catholic Church to be strong and outspoken in their values.

            • Stephanie

              This is the kind of thing that needs to be end. There is no salvation outside the Church, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who isn’t Catholic will end up in hell. It means that everyone in heaven will be Catholic (if not in this life then certainly in the next). The true teaching is that anyone who dies in a state of *unrepentant mortal sin* is going to hell, not people of a different faith who probably don’t know or understand Church teaching. The Jews should be converted, not condemned. They are waiting for a Messiah that came 2000 years ago. Judaism ended with the destruction of the temple (the religion was based on sacrifice) but that doesn’t mean that modern day Jews aren’t seeking God or trying to live holy lives.

              Someone needs to have a talk with that teacher. The whole idea of “anyone who isn’t Catholic is going to hell” needs to end. Only God knows the state of anyone’s soul. Yes, the Catholic Church has the fullness of the truth and has the sacraments that make it easier to grow closer to God (especially Confession and the Eucharist), but that doesn’t mean that people who aren’t Catholic are condemned to hell.

              • catherine maneker

                Hi Stephanie,

                What do I know?

                I am devotional every day to my Creator. I live a simple religious life. I do not understand much of what enflames Catholics and Jews and Islam. My God is vast. It is a daily practice of talking to God. My God is not a hating God.

                Which is interesting since I found God in Zen.

                Yes, I agree with much of what you say. I try to live a life God would approve of………….and always ask my Grandkids…..What would God say?

                I don’t understand conversion. I don’t understand why God would want a sacrifice. However, I do understand that humans like a sacrife.

                This is good. i get to think deeply about my beliefs. Thanks.

    • Arriero

      Maybe. The wicked have always been fearful of God; at least, if they wanted to preserve their physical health, because their intellectual and moral health was already lost. But we, millenarian Catholics, are incredibly proud of our Church’s history. Of all and everything. No exceptions.

      And remember one thing: ROME DOES NOT PAY TRAITORS. The Church has always warned. Don’t say that you didn’t know it, or that you all were not warned…

      The most anti-Catholic ideology nowadays is pseudo-calvinism, which has infiltrated within the right. The atheist left has never been Catholic. We have always known it. But the protestant right has always played with fire; it plays in all its branches of knowledge, beginning with the anti-Authority neo-anarchism in politics and the monopoly-capital wrapped under the veil of misunderstood freedom in economics.

      Protestant pastors, after Hitler’s «Kristallnacht», affirmed: «at least Luther’s will was made».

    • newguy40

      You mean this history?

      + Relief from the
      Barbarian invasions of the early middle ages

      + Rescued Christian and pre-christian literature

      + Spread agricultural and animal husbandry knowledge

      + Started and protected universities

      + Sponsored and supported science and medicine

      + Created International Law theory

      + Developed and sponsored modern economic theory

      + Invented charity as we know it

      + Codified, expanded, and improved Western Law

      + Developed Western Morality

      + Created just war theory

      + Sponsored and influenced art and architecture

      + Developed the concept of inalienable rights

      • Arriero

        And let me add some other very important ones:

        + Invented political liberalism (Bartolomé de las Casas).

        + Invented monetary economics (Martín de Azpilicueta)

        + Invented commercial law (Luca Pacioli)

        + Invented economic true-and-Catholic liberalism (School of Salamanca)

        • Micha Elyi

          + invented the hospital

          + invented the university (didn’t just start ’em)

          + invented double-entry bookkeeping (Fra. Luca Pacioli again)

          + invented empirical science

      • tom

        Exactly. You just described what they hate most about Roman Catholics.

      • catherine maneker

        Yes, I know all that. And also know how much the Church has hated Jews. WW2………and since the very beginning. There can be criticism of even good things? No? Probably not………I’d rather acknowledge both the good and bad.

        • newguy40

          Catherine – I think the “Pope Pius didnt help the Jews” myth has been de-bunked pretty thoroughly. See the below link which I keep around for these type of discussions.

          http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pius-xii-s-efforts-to-save-jewish-culture-revealed

          Have there been over zelous and sinful acts by Catholics? Yes. But, how do those acts in anyway diminish the Truth? The Roman Church is the Church established by Christ. There is no salvation outside the Church.

          Yes, we can acknowledge the good and bad and move on in charity.

          • catherine maneker

            Maybe. I don’t think so, but I’m definitely ready to more on! I am hopeful that Catholics will stem the spread of Islam with all those dangers. That is why I always speak positively and hopefully about your church. I am a Buddhist and support and cherish your viewpoint.

            • Micha Elyi

              Yeah, the whole “the Church has hated the Jews” shibboleth of the Church-haters has been debunked again and again by historians. “The medieval Church persecuted Jews” claim? Debunked. Resurrected by Soviet covert dezinformátsiya action as the “Hitler’s Pope” claim and debunked again. The Church led by Pius XII rescued an estimated 800,000 Jews from Hitler’s clutches–far more than all the Allies combined. Please do keep up with the facts, don’t run away from them while pretending to “move on!”

              • Stephanie

                I think the problem is that some people have a bad view of the entire Church because of a handful of bad Catholics, clergy and laity alike. That is why we need to hold ourselves, our teachers, and our clergy to the highest standard. Be very selective when choosing which men to ordain. If something goes wrong, apologize immediately and, if necessary, remove the person from his or her post. There is too much covering up, pretending like nothing is wrong and then eventually things blow up and end up much worse if we would have stopped it as soon as it started.

  • cestusdei

    In the old days they wouldn’t hire people because they were Catholic. Now they won’t hire or will fire people because they are Catholic. Some things never change.

    • jacobhalo

      Actually, years ago, many co’s would hire Catholic schools grads over other grads. In those days, Catholic schools excelled.

      • cestusdei

        Many would not. No Catholics need apply was a common policy.

      • Stephanie

        As far as K-12 goes, Catholic schools have higher test scores across the board. But for universities, a lot of them have sold out to the liberal agenda (pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activity) so it’s difficult to find a good Catholic college these days.

  • jacobhalo

    Catholics have always been discriminated against in this country. Maryland was founded as a refuge for Catholics. The Know-Nothings were against Catholics. The KKK was against Catholics. Now, President Obama is against Catholics. So the beat goes on.

    • Arriero

      Why? Because the US, unluckily, HAS NEVER BEEN a Catholic nation.

      The PUSA (Protestant United States of America) has always been profoundly anti-Catholic; as the first irish and polish Catholics very well knew, and as current Catholic South-Americans very well know too.

      The atheist left, which is certainly a product of protestant relativism, and the old protestant right have always despised Catholics. And Catholics, as a very il-considered minority, have not had any option that making pacts merely to survive.

      But the Church has no allies other than herself. All will be easier and clearer for american Catholics when they realize this fact; namely: that Catholics only have to support and only are supported by the Church.

      The neo-protestant right is even more harmfully anti-Catholic because its manners are more subtle. They seem to be more polite. But the spirit has not changed. Don’t play with fire, and listen carefully to the Pope.

      • jacobhalo

        I still abide by the teachings of pre-Vatican II.

        • RufusChoate

          We all do so what do you really mean that you don’t abide by the teachings of Vatican-II?

      • TheAbaum

        “atheist left”

        Bred in Europe with people like Voltaire.

      • RufusChoate

        The Protestant Reform is responsible for the subordination of the Christian Faith to the State and made the state susceptible to self aggrandizement by it was the French Revolution that was the birthplace of the current atheistic Left. Marx and Engels only codified the economic of the French Revolution. Freemasons, Freethinkers and assorted self describe anti-Christian Humanists were also instrumental in the creation of the modern Left and they were all antithetical to the faith.

        • Micha Elyi

          The Protestant Revolt is responsible for the subordination of the Christian Faith to the State…
          RufusChoate

          True, and it cannot be said often enough as we approach the 500th year after the Protestant Revolt began with Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

        • Micha Elyi

          The Protestant Revolt is responsible for the subordination of the Christian Faith to the State…
          RufusChoate
          True, and it cannot be said often enough as we approach the 500th year after the Protestant Revolt began with Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

        • Micha Elyi

          The Protestant Revolt is responsible for the subordination of the Christian Faith to the State…
          –RufusChoate
           
          True, and it cannot be said often enough as we approach the 500th year after the Protestant Revolt began with Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

          • TheAbaum

            We are seeing now the fruits of a five century old tree. The Devil has a longer time horizon than we do.

  • uncle max

    This being the season of Lent – may I ask that you all say an extra Rosary every day?

    Devote it to the ending of abortion and the grace of contrition for those who have participated – include people you know personally who have participated in or have been complicit in an abortion – male of female.

    NO JUDGING

    And then pray for the gift of contrition for the catholic (small c) politicians who have betrayed their faith for political gain – John Kerry, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Andrew Cuomo from New York, O’Malley from Maryland, the (non famous) State Senator Kennedy from Buffalo, the famous Kennedy family and the Cuomo family, and I’m sure you all can add a few.

    Again – NO JUDGING

    Hopefully we’ll all feel better in a few weeks.

    God Bless

    • TheAbaum

      NO JUDGING WHAT?

      • Objectivetruth

        I believe it’s a sarcastic play on “Who am I to judge?”

        Max…….?

        • Marcelus

          Up for some Pope bashing today?

  • uncle max

    One more thing – does anyone know where I can get those bumper stickers that say “I’m Catholic and I Vote”?

  • Paul

    “The struggle against Catholocism isn’t particularly about religion but more a revolt against reason and reality” …. AND against conscience Iif I may add.

  • Jay

    I recommend John T. McGreevy’s, Catholicism and American Freedom. This was a book assigned to my graduate seminar. It puts anti- Catholicism in the U.S. in a great historical framework.

    Also…less then two weeks until I join Christ’s established church! I can’t wait!!!!

    • mortimer007

      Congratulations, Jay. Welcome home.

    • Objectivetruth

      Congrats….you will find peace and Truth.

    • msmischief

      Hurrah!

    • Kathy

      Wonderful, Jay! Welcome!

  • ColdStanding

    Is no one struck by the irony of the epithet “retrograde”? It describes the apparent backwards motion of a planet when it is assumed that the Earth is stationary and everything revolves around it. It is most commonly used today in astrological charts.

    In other words, the use of retrograde in this instance is a folk theory founded on a solipsistic assumption. Ha! It’s Munchhausen by proxy!

  • hombre111

    “The Church…coheres with reason and reality.” True enough. But when does the Church reach the point in its natural law rationalism that it has actually joined in league with Renaissance rationalism? Both Charles Taylor and David Platinga seem to ask this question. Reason is the final stage of the rational process. And if it is grounded on incorrect perceptions, an unhealed subconscious, unhealed emotions, bad memory, and distorted intuition, it is going to be wrong, no matter how rational. Reason and reality don’t necessarily equate. Otherwise, Kant has carried the day. A morality based on thinking with Christ and having goals guided by a life fit for the Kingdom have a stronger appeal to me.

  • redfish

    Its too funny. Its “most Catholics don’t agree with the hierarchy on contraception,” until a Catholic judge is ruling on a case involving it where they don’t like the outcome, and its taken as evidence that “Catholics impose their beliefs on others.”

  • Ruth Rocker

    As a woman, mother, wife and grandmother, it is my considered opinion that contraception and abortion are only health care if one considers pregnancy to be an illness. Contraception would prevent that illness, much like a vaccine. Abortion would treat the illness once contracted, much like surgery for cancer. Pregnancy is NOT an illness or a disease. It’s time women started taking responsibility for the things they do. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that having intercourse can lead to the creation of a human life. It’s disingenuous to say anything else, if not an outright lie.

    And let’s remember that the phrase “separation of church and state” is a red herring as no such phrase appears in our founding documents.

    • Janet

      I want to add one more thing to what you said. How often have you heard people say, “But birth control is also used to treat other things!”. Yet the reality is that birth control pills are just that: a way to have sex and reduce your risk of pregnancy. Hormones used for other things are not birth control. The reason I bring this up is this: contraception coverage is required by Obamacare. Hormones used to treat illnesses are not required to be covered. A college student friend of mine is currently paying $80 a month for hormones used to treat a physical problem. So next time someone brings up that argument, remind them that yes, hormones do treat other things, but no, Obamacare doesn’t require it to be paid for when it is not used as birth control.

  • RufusChoate

    Anti-Catholicism is a position held by the enemies of the Church to justify their immorality, and support their irrationality but more importantly validate their desire for power to alter the world in their image.
    The Church and its teaching even with bad Bishops, Priests and Laypeople is an impediment to the will to power and the ability to sin without consequence.

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