Oh those were the days when the Pope in Rome could decide who ruled in various parts of Christendom (and if he didn't agree, you did penitence, barefoot in the snow), when he could send legions of unruly and unemployed young men to their death in the Middle East desert, when his Inquisition enforcing Christian orthodoxy (a.k.a. Biblical political correctness) made Abu Ghraib SM games look like vanilla play.
But now his fief is shrinking year by year in Europe: the Reconquista in Spain was lost to the libertines after Franco died, the Low Countries dabbling in liberal drug laws, euthanasia and gay marriage, Ireland closing its Magdalen houses for fallen women, Italy not breeding as it used to. What is a good Catholic boy to do, scared of all that new freedom and desperate to hang on to his privileges (state-subsidised religious schools and priests), not to mention all those brown boys who want to screw his sister, and even him, for Allah? He does two things: he goes to Rome to welcome the new Pope, and moves to Poland because family, nation and church values are ruling there and is the last refuge from this money quote:
Nihilism rooted in skepticism, issuing in the bad faith of moral relativism and Western self-loathing, comforting itself with a vacuous humanitarianism: not only is this not marvelous, it has contributed to killing Europe demographically, and to paralyzing Europe in the face of an aggressive ideology aimed at the eradication of Western humanism in the name of a lethally distorted understanding of God’s will.From that summary you would not know whether Mr Weigel, the author, was a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim, because those religions would all come to the same conclusion: world-based humanism and secularism in Europe is the enemy.
Compare Mr Weigel's rant to another faith-based enemy of the libertine West, Iranian president Ahmedinejad. In his letter (final paragraph) to US President Bush he wrote:
The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their cultural foundations and the disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of care and compassion. The people of the world have no faith in international organisations, because their rights are not advocated by these organisations.My question for you is: do you see any diference between any of those desert religions and their "end times" fight against secular humanism?
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: Do you not want to join them?
It's not the Jews who are the "canary in the mine" warning of social change for the worse, as Weigel claims, but gay people are: their legal treatment and social position in their societies are a far better indication of how civilised a country is. The rest is Jesuit, imam or rabbi sophistry.