We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"The mental infection known as 'political correctness'."

Excerpt
MAR 23, 2016
When Excess Is A Virtue by Paul Johnson
[This story appears in the April 19, 2016 issue of Forbes]
http://www.forbes.com/sites/currentevents/2016/03/23/when-excess-is-a-virtue/#65938e3434b5
THE MENTAL INFECTION known as “political correctness” is one of the most dangerous intellectual afflictions ever to attack mankind. The fact that we began by laughing at it—and to some extent, still do—doesn’t diminish its venom one bit.
PC has an enormous appeal to the semi-educated, one reason that it’s struck roots among overseas students at minor colleges. But it also appeals to pseudo-intellectuals everywhere, since it evokes the strong streak of cowardice notable among those wielding academic authority nowadays. Any empty-headed student with a powerful voice can claim someone (never specified) will be “hurt” by a hitherto harmless term, object or activity and be reasonably assured that the dons and professors in charge will show a white feather and do as the student demands. Thus, there isn’t a university campus on either side of the Atlantic that’s not in danger of censorship. The brutal young don’t even need to impose it themselves; their trembling elders will do it for them.
The insidious thing about PC is that it wasn’t—and isn’t—the creation of anyone in particular. It’s usually the anonymous work of such Kafkaesque figures as civil servants, municipal librarians, post office sorters and employees at similar levels. It penetrates the interstices of society, especially those where the hierarchies of privilege and property are growing. To a great extent PC is the revenge of the resentful underdog.
The intellectual battle to regain souls and society for Christ will be a long and involved spiritual struggle. We must work relentlessly to liberate people from the neo-gnostics who claim special knowledge that permits them, at least to their way of thinking, to silence opposition through an abusive application of the power of the judiciary and legislatures.

The modern liberal, incapable of sustaining reasoned argument in support of his position, resorts to political and legal pressure to shut down rational debate and to cow non-believers into submitting to the religion of the culture of death.



The situation is little different in the Church. So-called progressives have hijacked the Church's Liturgy. Anyone (in a liberal dominated parish or diocese) who attempts to challenge the status quo by insisting, for example, that the rubrics of the Mass should be diligently followed is accused of stifling the Spirit, however the Holy Spirit happens to be defined by the "progressive" mind to defend liberal agendas.


Many parishes are dominated by liberal know-nothings who routinely re-invent the Liturgy in their own image. They have little or no appreciation of the ars celebrandi because they have been too busy cultivating ways to innovate and cause rupture rather than hand on what is and always has been the patrimony of the Church. The very word 'patrimony', for liberals, constitutes a stumbling block and an attack on their sense of license and their "right" to play lightly with the Mass.

In a 2014 article entitled Liturgical Abuse and Moral Corruption – Is There a Correlation?, Birgit Jones wrote at Catholic Stand blog:
Liturgical Abuse – It Comes Down to Obedience
In response to an aversion to self-congratulatory hymns songs, we are told they are perfectly fine because they make you 'feel good'. Balderdash! In reality, popes, cardinals, bishops and priests have frequently weighed in about proper disposition and decorum. In his book, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) famously said,
"Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment." (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)
This wasn’t some off-the-cuff remark that should be viewed lightly. The point was that he wanted the people in the pews to remember that worship is not horizontal (people to people) but is, in fact, vertical (people to God). When we sing songs about ourselves and how important we are, if a priest ad-libs the prayer that is Heaven on Earth (the Mass), or the faithful come dressed for the beach instead of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb – then they are giving priority to the Jesus is my friend idea and forgetting that Jesus is also the King.
The Tradition-minded in the Church are routinely marginalized for merely affirming the necessary orientation to Sacred Tradition. Necessary, that is, for all who call themselves Christians (2 Thessalonians 2:15). The Tradition-minded Catholic, that is, every faithful Catholic, bears into the spiritual battle the standard (Hebrews 13:8) which should rally all Catholics to worship the God of divine revelation:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

Jesus is not a way, i.e., one way among many. He is the Way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus Christ (St. John 14:6). Contrary to the progressive or liberal religionist opinion, the Catholic Faith is not a religion of conformity to the world. The Faith is the religion of the Eternal Word. Thanks be to God.


To the left wing radical, which is to say most modern liberal ideologues, anyone or anything who contradicts his or her position is labelled—as is the habit of the mediocre intellectual when confronted by anyone at the centre of the political, religious and/or social spectrum—a right wing extremist, or in the case of the Church a radical traditionalist. Note to the enlightened Left—the centre is conservative. The authentic modern "radical" is the conservative who conserves and defends the natural law and who preserves and promotes the wisdom (not the folly!) of the elders, the wisdom which humanizes culture, i.e., the religious, social and political conglomerate which is currently under threat by inhuman liberal policies such as abortion, euthanasia and notions about human sexuality that contradict the natural law.

The current Ontario provincial government, for example, has used the apparatuses of the state in an attempt to coerce families into accepting distorted views of human sexuality as well as artificial forms of the family. The agenda of the corrupt government of Ontario (click here; here; and here; and here) has been challenged by a publication of the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario: The Human Person, Love, and Sexuality (A Resource for Catholic Educators).

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