|"If this country--and indeed the other countries that make up what was once Christendom--are to survive, they shall require both a new animating principle and a new myth of governance." - Charles Coulombe, Star Spangled Crown|
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A recent question has been asked of me. "Why do Catholics need to be concerned with power? It has never been a concern of the Church, and it certainly will never be a concern of Jesus Christ."
This question betrays an apathy and an ignorance of what Catholics are supposed to be doing in this nation and in this world.
If America is to survive at all, it will need to reorient itself towards Christendom. Moreover, it is our jobs as the salt of the Earth to convert this nation. When He came to this Earth, Christ may have preached to the needs of the individual before He ascended into Heaven. But the full spectrum of Christ's reign was intended to reverberate beyond individual and to the rest of society.
As Charles Coulombe says, orthodox American Catholics have a particularly habitual way of looking at our country and our place in it. We are merely guests at a table getting our share. We regard the United States as perfect in its current religious and political condition. We are merely concerned about coexistence with our heretical neighbors, not their conversion. And so, since the majority of Catholics blithely accept the religious status quo in America, we are actually no friend to this country, its peoples, or their liberty. We insult God and commit treason upon our fellow Americans.
To borrow some recent words from Camille Paglia (words actually aimed at the Trump-hating Left), Traditional Catholics in America occupy an amorphous meta-realm of subjective emotion, theoretical abstractions, and refined language. Catholics need to instead become builders who can deal with the tangible, obdurate, objective world of high-impact physical action.
It is good, I suppose, to evangelize non-Catholics lightly in passive conversation. To hand out Catholic Christmas cards. To invite people to baptisms and confirmations. But that is not enough. Strength and power is also a powerful and influential witness that has the power to convince. In fact, the American mind is drawn toward strength.
"Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."-General George S. PattonWithout Catholicism, the Right in America will fail. The Right--even the Intellectual Alternative Right--will fail because it stands for nothing, the only common denominator being that they are not that other group, the Left.
It is our job to Catholicize America.
This blog is not positioned to provide you with, as Davis Aurini calls it, "narcissistic supply, a source of identity, or feelings of inclusion." There is an end goal in this long-term strategy. Our aims are written down in revelation, tradition, and the successes of Christendom. We cannot achieve much with only our online memes, t-shirts, and slogans. We cannot attain heroic glory without armaments and uniforms. We require influence. We require solid, real representation.
"When men once recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony."- Pope Pius XI, Quas primasPower is certainly a concern of the Church. We Catholics have a duty in this world. We are on a mission. We are not here to rest on our laurels, sitting on our hands, hoping to end a cushy life with a good death, perhaps even martyrdom. This is defeatist thinking. When Rome was collapsing, it was the Catholic Church who held up an edifice for civilization to recover. It was the Catholic Church who the kings looked to for spiritual and civic direction. The separation of church and state is a hideous lie that is an abomination and a heresy from the French Revolution, and Catholics should recognize it as such.
David Hines covers this mode of thinking very adequately over at Jacobite:
"There’s a famous cartoon by Sidney Harris that shows a couple of researchers at a blackboard, on which is a series of complicated mathematical equations. In the middle of the blackboard are the words 'then a miracle occurs.' The cartoon’s caption, dialogue from one of the researchers to the other: 'I think you should be more explicit here in step two.'
"'And then a miracle occurs' is a long-standing fringe-right temptation. You see it in all sorts of places: in Ayn Rand’s hugely influential Atlas Shrugged, once a lone scientist moves to Galt’s Gulch and doesn’t have to worry about the leeches, he literally cures cancer. In the much less influential wish-fulfillment novels by literal Nazi Harold Covington, his Mary Sue goes from poverty-stricken and railing into the ether to the inspiring force behind a mass white nationalist movement because, for no reason, white people suddenly start listening to his screeds and mailing him five-figure checks. Bluntly put: 'and then a miracle occurs' is the equivalent of 'I don’t have to change or put forth any effort; someday I will be great and people will like me for who I am.' As Righties know, this is something lazy and inadequate people say."I am always hearing the Traditional Catholics in my circle moan about the Crisis in society and in the post-conciliar Church, and these same people state that the Crisis can only be solved through Divine Intervention. These people wait for the wrath of God in the same way that the protestants of the megachurches wait for the Rapture. This is a presumption on God. We were not set on this Earth to wait for Him to act. Mankind has a free will to choose his path, and we are called to act.
Catholics should be concerned with power. More needs to be done. Apathy is a betrayal to God and country.