"CATHOLICISM ALONE" - THE LAST BEST HOPE TO COUNTER THE CULTURE OF DEATH AND PREVENT THE DEATH OF THE WEST
America Alone by Mark Steyn is an excellent book that warns of the demise of the West due to a “self-extinction” by the Western world which fails to have children while it “outsources its breeding” to Islam. Since Europe is fast becoming Eurabia, Mark Steyn concludes that America --if it has the “will” is destined to be the lone defender against Islam.
“But America can survive, prosper and defend its freedom only if it continues to believe in itself, in the sturdier virtues of self-reliance (not governement), in the centrality of family, and in the conviction that our country really is the world’s last best hope.” America Alone
No amount of self confidence or self-reliance in our nation or our people will prevent the the death of the West. The West’s potential demise is not about a lack of self confidence-- it is about sin. Sin’s cancer not only effects individual man but as the West’s demographics crisis reveals, it is the destroyer of peoples and nations. We are simply facing the manifestation of sin in the West.
Europe’s transformation into Eurabia does indeed involve a lack of “will” but the lack of “will” is due to it’s love of the sins that sterilize and kill the West’s progeny. More than three quarters of women of childbearing age are using artificial contraceptives.
The West has become accustomed to a selfish, hedonistic lifestyle that includes every form of fruitless, promiscuous, sexual satisfaction. This lifestyle demands a rigorous fidelity to contraception and if the contraception fails --abortion. These sins are mortally wounding to not only the men and women of the West but also threaten to annihilate nations and peoples. Our enemies need not invade --our enemy is within. We have lost our natural inclination to preserve the species through the suppression of our own God given fertility. God has permitted us our longings-- sterility.
There was a time when all of Christianity understood and condemned the evils of contraception. Historically all of the founders of protestantism condemned any act that prevented conception as a deadly sin and even likened it to sodomy:
"[T]he exceedingly foul deed of Onan*, the basest of wretches . . . is a most disgraceful sin. It is far more atrocious than incest and adultery. We call it unchastity, yes, a sodomitic sin. For Onan goes in to her—that is, he lies with her and copulates—and, when it comes to the point of insemination, spills the semen, lest the woman conceive. Surely at such a time the order of nature established by God in procreation should be followed. Accordingly, it was a most disgraceful crime. . . . Consequently, he deserved to be killed by God. He committed an evil deed. Therefore, God punished him"
"The voluntary spilling of semen outside of intercourse between man and woman is a monstrous thing. Deliberately to withdraw from coitus in order that semen may fall on the ground is doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring."
"Onan*, though he consented to marry the widow, yet to the great abuse of his own body, of the wife he had married, and the memory of the brother that was gone, refused to raise of seed to his brother. Those sins that dishonor the body and defile it are very displeasing to God and evidences of vile affections. Observe, the thing which he did displeased the Lord—and it is to be feared; thousands, especially of single persons, by this very thing, still displease the Lord and destroy their own souls."
*The story of Onan can be found at Genesis 38:8-10.
Protestants succumbed to the overpowering culture of death at the 1930 Lambeth Conference when Anglicans became the first denomination to officially permit the usage of artificial contraception. Other denominations quickly followed. Today no Protestant church condemns its use. As it stands today the Catholic Church is the last holdout against the culture of death and all the sins that have led us down the road to demographic annihilation.
In the face of statistics and voluminous evidence of a demographic crash why does there remain such a disconnect by the world at large and more importantly among those who call themselves Christians on birth control? Why doesn’t the potential eradication of Western culture awaken us to the natural order or 'lex naturalis' that needs to be respected?
The Pope recently stated: “There is an urgent need to reflect upon the question of natural law and to rediscover its truth,” which “is common to all mankind...life is not the property of man but a gratuitous gift of God.”
“Natural law, is the source from which, along with fundamental rights, flow ethical imperatives that must be honored. Indeed, no law made by man can overturn the norms written by the Creator, without inflicting a dramatic injury to society in what constitutes its most basic foundation.”
Dramatic injury has indeed occurred as was predicted by Pope Paul VI in Humane Vitae in 1968:
1. The widespread use of contraception would "lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality."
2. Man would ultimately lose "respect for the woman," and "no longer car[e] for her physical and psychological equilibrium". Man would come to consider women as an "instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion."
3. Widespread acceptance of contraception would place a "dangerous weapon... in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies."
4. It would lead men and women to think that they had limitless dominion over their own bodies and functions.
All the above has come about. Divorce, serial monogamy, promiscuity, pornography and cohabitation are rampant. Women and motherhood have been demeaned beyond recognition--while women have deluded themselves that they are liberated. Our children have even become sex objects for the insatiable through an ever increasing appetite for child pornography. Western nations are now forced to pay women to have babies or face extinction. Others legislate the number of children its citizens can bear and force abortion and sterilization. Children are now seen as a burden, an expense and an inconvenience in the West. Venture out today with any more than a couple of kids in tow and the negative comments fly: “those are expensive”, “are those all yours” “are you done yet” or “don’t you know how that happens?”
Catholicism is indeed alone, not only in its battle against contraceptives and the culture of death but also in its literal belief in Jesus words that we are to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God.
“I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever." I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53-58
The fact that that the Catholic Church is the only remaining church that both condemns contraceptives as a mortal sin and actually possesses Jesus Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist is a testament to the divine origin of the Catholic Church.
It is precisely because of the Eucharist that the Catholic Church “remains in Him” as no other church can. The Eucharist and the courage to do battle against the culture of death cannot be separated from each other. It is not a coincidence that the two coexist only in the Catholic Church!
Thus without a return to the Faith this is the end of the world as we have known it. Catholicism alone condemns the evils that threaten the extinction of the Western world and does so through the power of the Eucharistic.