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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Got History? It Does a Body (and a Mind) Good!

Thomas Woods, author of How the
Catholic Church built
Western Civilization
On Saturday morning an FSSP parish in Florida (Queen of Peace in Ocala) was attacked by a man who ran his minivan into the building and then set it on fire while worshipers prepared for morning Mass. In California, Mission St. Gabriel was gutted by a four-alarm fire that's under investigation.

Did you see anything about these two events on the national news?

Imagine if a mosque or a meeting of Black Lives Matter was the target. We'd be hearing about it non-stop! "A hate crime!"

But, no.... ho-hum. Hey, nobody was hurt. It's just Catholic churches and they all need to be knocked down anyway with those statues of the white Jesus inside. Yup...they all have to go, all the California missions and the statues of Junipero Serra, a champion of the native Americans on the West Coast.

The lies told about St. Junipero Serra are legion. The man who played such a huge role in developing California was noted for being a kind and loving father. In fact, recognizing that violence was possible, he begged for clemency for the Indians and left a written request that if he were killed his murderers should be pardoned. He walked to Mexico at one point to meet with government officials interceding for policies to help the natives.

Many people today are so ignorant of history, they swallow any slander against those who built civilization. Liberal hypocrites, advocates of murdering the innocent, wax eloquent over the sins and faults of our ancestors. They are the icons for the liberal church of anything goes.

It's time for these folks to learn a little history.

Our kids gave me a subscription to Audible for my birthday in March. I'm listening to Thomas Woods How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. How appropriate for the day when the Church is under such assault!

In this time of neo-barbarism, the know nothings once again roam freely with their anti-Catholic bigotry, burning churches and knocking down statues of saints. Reality probably will make no difference to these thugs, but we need to promote it anyway. Truth needs to be told.

But in order to defend the truth we first need to know it ourselves. And the truth is that the Catholic Church built and defended western civilization, a fact acknowledged by agnostic historian Will Durant when he wrote this about the "dark" ages:
“The basic cause of cultural retrogression was not Christianity but barbarism; not religion but war. The human inundations ruined or impoverished cities, monasteries, libraries, schools, and made impossible the life of the scholar or the scientist. Perhaps the destruction would have been worse had not the Church maintained some measure of order in a crumbling civilization.”1 (A Light in the Darkness, Chapter 2 of Woods Book  Page 9; Will Durant book, The Age of Faith, see quote here.)
Study history! But make sure the historians you read are truth tellers who do everything they can to purge their personal biases.

Oh...and don't believe all the hype about the "dark ages." That's when the seeds of the university system, hospitals, libraries, scientific study, architecture, astronomy, etc. were all planted BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Many monks and priests were scientific pioneers in astronomy, genetics, medicine, etc. Can you see one of today's architects designing and building a cathedral? Don't act like an ignorant know-nothing! Seek the truth. Study history. Thomas Woods book is a good place to start!

5 comments:

Andrew said...

Absolutely right Mary Ann. The Christendom series by Dr. Warren Carrol is superb.

To the extent anyone in our nation thinks of our nation as part of a larger culture or civilization, we call it "Judeo-Christian" or more common still, "Western" civilization. This is courtesy of the Church-hating Philosophes who like their master Voltaire wanted to smash the Church to pieces. The truth is, ours is a Catholic civilization, even in (formerly) Protestant countries like ours.

As The Church goes, so goes our civilization, which is why things are looking pretty grim at the moment.I remain confident however that this will, one way or another, turn back around. In the end, Our Lady's Immaculate Heart will triumph, and all things will be renewed in Christ!

Everything else is built on sand, and, Karl Marx and Martin Luther probably share a corner of the pit together with Judas.

Kathleen1031 said...

All true, and it's trouble in every direction, so much to take on, it's easy to get discouraged. As many see in the Catholic Church now, if you don't love and embrace your history and who you are, you won't last long. It has become verboten for Catholics and Westerners (Americans) to feel or demonstrate "pride", and it has become a pejorative.
Caucasians are not allowed to state any feeling of pride in accomplishment, the fact that the West built the modern world, and so much that the world now takes for granted. Every other group under the sun can loudly boast and brag, but not Americans nor Europeans. Americans have long had Euro-envy, so when Angela Merkel was handed a German flag on stage at an event, she frowned and shook her head in an emphatic "no". No to pride for Americans and Europeans. Well when you are ashamed of your history and people and culture, when you are importing a foreign entity which has no such notions of shame but only aggressive zeal, how long before the weak culture disappears? Not long. Especially when the latter have many children quickly. So we see Islam taking over most of Europe, which seems to have its destiny sealed by it's own leaders and the apathy of the people.
America does not have to follow suit. It begins in pre-K, because now we know public schools teach and promote Marxism in a 1000 ways, and they lean heavily Democrat.
Schools can't wait to get their hands on children this fall, because they are going to indoctrinate children as never before.
White children living in trailer parks will learn about their "white privilege".
Black children living in beautiful homes will learn about how they are permanently oppressed. All will learn how evil the founders of their nations were and are, and their relationship with each other will be forever changed. Schools will facilitate this.
Ya can't run a nation that way. We see the streets filled with Marxist youth now, and we see the impact it has on our nation. We need to change this. Every parent and taxpayer has aa right to know what is being taught or discussed with children. Beware discussion groups, assemblies, talks by outsiders, LA class, Social Studies class, and now, librarians or media experts. Let Boards of Ed, superintendents, principals, and teachers know you want to know what is being told your child and what you don't want. Schools are beholden to parents and they will pay attention to your concerns, but not if you don't voice them. Then, Marxists will win and your child will be indoctrinated, and you can see them out in the streets tearing down whatever statues are left in 15 years.

Sandra Elam said...

I agree, Mary Ann. I have read Thomas Woods' book twice and I think it's excellent. I have a degree in ancient and medieval history. Even while still an atheist in college, it was obvious to me that medieval European history IS the history of the Catholic church. At the time I said, "Well, if I ever were to become a Christian, I would become a Catholic, because it's obvious that the Catholic church is the original Christian church and they built Western civilization."

Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

Andrew, 'Judæo-Christian' is a canard. All that was good in Old Testament Judaism has been taken into the Church. Our civilisation was formed by Christian theology, Greek philosophy, and Roman law. This is why I never call it 'Judæo-Christian' but by a much better and more distinctive name, our Græco-Roman Catholic civilisation and culture

Fr. Eric said...

Sandra et al.,

"Equality makes men want to form their own opinion, but imbues them with the taste and the idea of unity [We are united in being equal] simplicity, and impartiality in the power that governs society. Men living in democratic times are therefore very prone to shake off all religious authority; but if they consent to subject themselves to any authority of this kind, they choose at least that it should be single and uniform.
…Our posterity will tend more and more to a division into only two parts, some relinquishing Christianity entirely and others returning to the Church of Rome.”
Alexis de Tocqueville