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It certainly seems that we are at the end of the world. We won’t be surprised at the popularity of that new film 2012, even with its really bad special effects and uninspired acting. People from all political and religious persuasions will flock to see it, because we are truly frightened now.
There are so many signs of gridlock–economic, social, cultural, and religious. Every value that once glued civilization together, from honesty, to fidelity to spouse, to fidelity to business contract, to the sanctity of the single human life, has fallen. Socialism has failed. Capitalism has failed. We seem to stand naked and small on the edge of a chasm filled with smoking hell.
But such fears need not be accurate. Rather than facing the end of civilization, we might be in fact only facing the end of the viability of the secular state.
We forget the secular state was only an experiment following the madness of the French Revolution; we forget to entertain alternatives. Some of us do not even realize we are in a secular state. We keep arguing that the constitution calls on God now and again, so why cannot we keep our crosses in our parks? Because we are a secular state!
Europe, too, formed by so many centuries in which the state and the Church partnered in meeting the needs of the flock, has not yet come to terms with the actual states they have erected on the ruins.
But perhaps the time has come.
Perhaps the time has come to suggest a third party that proposes to replace the secular state with a religious state imposing the values of Christianity, while tolerating the values and exercise of other religions, with appropriate limitations, those limitations spelled out in the policies of the party platform. (Note it well: toleration is legally different from the absolute right to practice given by Vatican II and by our own secular constitution.)
The most obvious limitation would be the end to the killing of the unborn, the re-imposition of the protective mantle Christianity places around the human person. Christianity shares htis belief with some, but not all, other faiths.
Another platform item could be the reassertion of the traditional definition and purpose of marriage, which is reproduction, not personal pleasure. We could thus roll back the changes the homosexualist mafia has imposed on the culture, and we could forbid the further free proselytizing through the media for the unhealthy, sterile gay life style. Another plank could be an end to no-fault divorce. Another could be re-control of pornography. It would also be possible to re-position marriage as central to our culture by curtailing the “rights” other forms of casual unions have demanded, with legislation as simple as simply allowing landlords to refuse to rent housing to unmarried couples or companies to decline to extend benefits to them. If that seems harsh, consider how harsh it is to be an African-American woman now, whose chances of marriage are only one in seven. For those with good hair. For those with money. Here is the real racism.
Such a third party also has at its disposal a wealth of economic strategies loosely known as distributism and characterized by what one might describe as the opposite of globalism: decentralized ownership (made possible by taxation policies that penalize concentration of ownership–think higher taxes after the third pizza franchise, or limitations on inheritance). Some benefits would be lost–no one disputes that Walmart can offer cheaper prices, but neither is it disputed that the health of the community is better by somewhat more expensive commodities balanced by more available jobs and wider distribution of ownership.
The Catholic Church, as Michael Moore’s most recent movie highlights, has never been in bed with either unfettered capitalism or socialism, but instead favors a system in which class warfare is discouraged and classes are organized together into productive guilds where the needs of both capital and labor are met. The Church has considered neither profits nor wages outside the domain of state influence when curtailments benefited the common good; the caveat, as Pius XI pointed out in Quadragesimo Anno, is that the administration of these controls must be by a state with firm, immutable moral values. Our secular state fails that test, and thus that we are gridlocked. We simply cannot trust our state; it’s instinctual: we know our state will kill, because it has permitted the death of fifty five million babies in the last forty years. We know it lacks that bright good basic respect for people, we know its armies and police forces are capable of the most enormous and casual cruelties. We try to keep them hidden, but Abu Ghraib reveals the truth. What happened to the citizens after Hurricane Katrina reveals the truth (pick up Zietoun for a chill). What happens every day in our stalemated state and national legislatures reveals the truth. We have lost our way. The secular state has failed.
A third party such as this could find supporters outside Catholicism from what is left of protestantism. Muslims too understand the danger of a secular state, and it is arguable that Muslims would find life under a state with firm Christian religious principles preferable to life under an atheistic secular state that continually offends their deepest beliefs–such as ours does presently, with our depraved and completely legal lifestyles. That may be said about those Muslims living in our country. To Muslims in their own countries, some secular states, some religious, it might be a relief to be at war with invaders who at least do not set up their instant portable satellite dishes to beam pornography to their armies–who invite the new neighbors! ‘Here, take a look at freedom! Isn’t it grand?’ This happens!
Perhaps in the end it must be war with Islam. But the prospect of peace seems greater when these religious issues (the so-called ‘western lifestyle’ that drives Muslim mad are in fact religious issues, our lack of it, that is) are not the point, as they are made to be now.
Such a state might not find support, on the other hand, among all Catholics. Vatican II elevated the secular state above all, and there are those cognoscenti , those who really understand what the constitutions of Vatican II actually say under all the pretty words, who would still fight for secularism. One cannot help thinking that the “freedom” and “rights” lavishly granted in the constitutions of Vatican II were covers for the homosexual plague that immediately overtook the Church and has not yet abated. Yes, such “Catholics” might fight for secularism. Such a free ride as they have enjoyed is perhaps worth everything.
Would the ordinary Catholic, though, if he understood what is at stake, fight for the secular state? That is debatable. The ordinary Catholic on his ordinary blog, at least, is apparently bewildered by what he sees. He counts as Not-Catholic the position he views among pro-abort Catholic politicians. He counts it as Not-Catholic the mixed dormitories and Vagina Monologues in Catholic universities where buddha has taken the place of Our Lady at the gate. He counts as Not-Catholic those “post-Christian” nuns who teach that Christ is only one of God’s sons, rather than realizing they are merely the new Catholics unleashed by Vatican II. They say so, over and over (please see an earlier post, The Council Pow-Wow and Pro-life Catholics). Nor does the Vatican contradict the Nancy Pelosis and Ted Kennedys and Joe Bidens and the Sister Schneiders even as it laments abortion, even as it laments that Italy has taken down the crucifixes from the walls of the secular state Vatican II called for.
The ordinary Catholic is still asleep.
But he could be waked.
It goes without saying that nothing could be closer to this discussion than the talks soon to open between SSPX and the Vatican. For the secular state as addressed by Vatican II is on the table, whether Rome wishes it or no. SSPX knows what is at stake. They have sworn their fealty to Christ the King and no stinking sixties-intoxicated love affair with the secular state as typified by the United States will sway them. The word “freedom” does not make them swoon like disobedient schoolboys. They do not wish to be ‘free,’ they wish to be bound to the King.
Let us propose a third party. Our Lady’s Party. Our Lady’s Lions? Mary’s Martyrs? (It would come to that, have no doubt; even as I type it I expect the server to crash and Satan to fly in through the window. Oh wait, good: not yet.) Suggest something to call it and email me and volunteer. We could win. People are that fed up. We could have health care reform by forcing a constitutional amendment forbidding abortion and euthanasia. We could have prayer in schools (God knows they’ve tried everything else to help the appalling situation in education in this country!). We could fight successfully on so many fronts. We might not win elections (at least at first) but we could influence the discussion mightily, and that’s what third parties are all about. We might then suffer through our economic distresses poorer, but not more terrified that they are coming for us in the night.
Down with the separation between Church and state. We need a third, Catholic, party!
Down with the secular state. We need a third party!
Down with liberalism. We need a third party! Let us hear again that ancient cry,
All hail to Christ the King!
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