1. Janet Baker
    February 5, 2016

    What a clear article! I’m so grateful! I sit here at a desk littered with the effects of fighting the very struggle described in number 7 above, to restore God and thus restore social justice, including fighting both sides among us who leave out one or the other of the two balanced requirements, that we demand both the formal restoration of God to the center of our societies and constitutions and at the same time civic legislation that protects the flock in various ways. Some leave out the latter, some the former. You have to have both. It’s like one of those computer files that only operate when another little file is nestled in the same folder. No justice to God, no justice period, that’s the message.

    I have just, for example, been blocked again, under a new twitter account, by one US group bearing the name distributist over my insistence that they can’t keep proposing great neighborhood projects without God in them because they only strengthen secularism’s strangle-hold on us if they are successful, and give distributism a bad name when they are not, which they are almost always not successful because distributism, cooperative efforts, needs virtue to succeed, whose only source is the Faith. Distributism (roughly the medieval economy) is a highly disciplined social behavior that needs the Church and the sacraments to succeed.

    SSPX in the US gives lip service to initiatives that pursue social justice in a balanced way, but do not give practical support, and would alienate many of their faithful, who have been fooled by tea party, libertarian talk radio madness and think our holy war now is war on Islam (in the name of and under the banner of western secular ‘freedom’ that fights for sex socialism and predatory lending in the Middle East). Other indultist trad groups are even more compromised, do not even pay lip service, to the restoration (I’m blocked by them too!).

    I have written a science fiction novel set on the High Frontier where a group of Catholics manage a complete program of restoration. I think the link will appear with my name, but if not, and you are interested, google Run, Malapert Press. Anyone who finds this article fascinating will like the novel.

    1. Gabriel Sanchez
      February 5, 2016

      I have some reservations about some of the neo-distributists out there and the tendency toward a social-justice message absent God. It’s something I do plan to write more on in the near future, and in fact I already have some posts in the cooker. The problem is that I certainly don’t like seeing Catholics at each other’s throats over this stuff; I am into coalition building, even if it can prove difficult at times.

      As for the Tea Party remarks, I hear you. I wrote on this very topic for The Angelus back in 2014, and it’s one that deserves being revisited again during this election cycle.

  2. Janet Baker
    February 5, 2016

    May I add that the abortion movement is one which also errs in leaving out a complete restoration and instead focuses on that one goal, making abortion illegal again. This goal is converging with secular goals as the elites recognize the implications of world demographics and begin their own campaigns to mend the birth rate. But their plans will not include life-long marriage, will not include the restoration of legal protections of women and family, will not include higher wages for fathers, will in fact–this is how it is working in Europe–shunt newborns into ‘day care’ and return their single mothers to the office and factory. A new, better enslavement will be the sad result. One thinks of Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale. Forced reproduction, like forced abortion. It will happen and we will help it–if we do not push for a simultaneous evangelization, a restoration of faith in the hearts of our peoples.

    1. Aethelfrith
      February 5, 2016

      Well said. To both of your posts.

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