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  1. Much as I hate to say it, er, wait, I don’t at all, If Christendom is to endure into the twenty-first century and beyond, whether in its Western Catholic or Eastern Orthodox iterations, it will be manifestos such as this that will cause the faithful to take action to survive. It won’t be through either Kumbaya-land or what the Dark Enlightenment call The Cathedral, and what I call (taking my cue from Psalms 1:1) the cathedra pestilentiarum.

    1. Agreed. However, Dom Gerard’s voice is one seldom heard on this side of the Atlantic. (It’s seldom heard on the other side, too, but there are echoes.)

      The problem today, however, is that the Church — particularly those charged with her care — do not believe in Christendom. It is an embarrassment to them that the Church was ever, in their eyes, so “worldly” as to intervene in the lives of men even if that intervention was in the service of the Gospel. The Church would rather speak the rhetoric of the United Nations than tell that institution, or the nations which comprise it, about God. And when that becomes the situation, then it would seem, too, that God is also an embarrassment or, at least, particular claims about God. Sure, it’s still possible to speak of God in those circles, but only in a very abstract and thus imprecise, or what earlier generations would have called heretical, manner.

  2. The image presented here is beautiful. But I have a very particular question: what does the illiberal Catholic in America do? What does he strive for? What does an illiberal American even look like? We don’t have a dulce America to look back upon, even in the form of a dream, or a vision, or a myth. So I guess, basically, how do we apply this here?

    1. We look to the principles and attempt, to the best of our ability, to apply them in a prudent manner. While the issue clearly needs more thinking through — and many more blog posts — , we shouldn’t feel immediately helpless. What we should do is start first with the principle that Christ reigns over our lives and, from there, live in truth with that reign both publicly and privately. For most of us that means small things at first then working upward. For instance, we should structure our lives so that, to the best of our ability, we do not purchase goods and services on Sundays; that we do not work on feast days or, if we must, we are still able to attend Mass; that we are not afraid to be open about our Catholic Faith, though that doesn’t necessarily mean proselytizing your officemates or engaging in needless polemics with neighbors. From there, we should find ways to band together with our fellow Catholics and use what talents and resources we have available to promote Catholic causes. Some might say that these are trivial or pointless acts, but are they? And even if they are, what is the alternative? Capitulation?

      With that said, you do raise some very good questions and I sincerely hope, in due course, to address them and many others on this blog and in other forums. As I am sure you can tell, I am steadfastly against the marriage of Catholicism and liberalism, though I recognize the reality of the present situation as well. Hopefully I can take that reality into account and not come across as either defeatist or romantic.

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