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Earth. Didn't you read Laudato Si?
Editor's comment: In view of the upcoming Pan Amazon Synod which promotes a pagan world view putting mankind on the same level as ants, fungus and other forms of life in the rain forest, Fr. Tom's article has particular relevance.
Are the pope and the bishops so caught up in the politically correct issues of "integral ecology", global warming, etc. that they devalue human life in favor of the life of the planet? And what does that say about the secular social justice agenda?
A few weeks ago I asked the question, What is Social Justice Anyway? If you asked your bishop that question, what do you think he would say?
Over the past century, the secularist social justice agenda has become an important point of reference for Church leaders in America, as they have sought to address the numerous evils threatening the integrity and cohesion of the social fabric of our nation. This embrace of a secular premise for presenting the sacred teachings of Christ was initially directed by a desire to help more people appreciate the wisdom of the Church’s teaching regarding distributive justice. But over the years, the social justice agenda has incrementally become rather perverted.
An honest evaluation of the agenda will show that it has degenerated to the point where it is now rooted in 1) arousing and appeasing resentments, 2) promoting the incremental imposition of extreme perversions into the mainstream of society, and 3) displacing accountability to the objective standards of virtue and truth with various subjective values, which are determined by ever-evolving standards of political correctness.
The continuing support of this agenda by many Church leaders is rather disturbing. This came home to me in reading the response of so many bishops to the mass murder, which took place in El Paso. The bishops were quite vocal in decrying the murder of fewer than twenty Hispanics in a Wal-Mart, but they were careful not to mention the more than two hundred Hispanic babies killed that day in aborticide clinics around the country. It makes a one wonder. Is there, perhaps, a fourth dimension of the social justice agenda? Specifically, it is worth noting that many of the ancient Israelites were drawn to practice child sacrifice in honor of Moloch. They bought into the lie that such sacrifices were essential for guaranteeing fruitful harvests and prosperity. Likewise, the ancient Aztecs brutally murdered hundreds of people each day in honor of their sun god, in order to ensure good harvests and material prosperity. In our more refined civilization, though, in the name of social justice and a reproductive “right to choose”, we now carry out large scale human sacrifice by the use of contraceptives and aborticide to ensure our material, social and personal prosperity.
The acquiescence of many of our bishops to pro-actively pro-aborticide Catholic politicians, who regularly and publicly assert that faithful Catholics may support aborticide, strongly indicates that these bishops do not really find such human sacrifice all that repugnant. If contraception and aborticide are allegedly helping to save our planet and promote human progress, it seems that these bishops agree that support for pre-natal human sacrifice is indeed permissible for Catholics. This impression is further confirmed by the way that, over the past half century, a large number of pro-aborticide politicians have been given high ecclesiastical and academic honors by Church officials for their social justice work.
Sadly, when the bishops decided to disregard the eternal call to Godly righteousness for the sake of embracing the secular agenda of social justice, they unleashed a tsunami of perversion on all of us. And they themselves were drawn into that perversion, as they, for more than fifty years, carefully set up various “privileged sanctuaries” and “safe environments” for the perverted predatory priests and prelates among them.