Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Vortex: Amerika the Ugly
The Vortex episodes for Monday and Tuesday were a one-two punch, focusing on “Amerika” and the “Katholyc Church” – in other words, focusing on the false America and the false Church that are trying mightily to take over the moral good and supplant it with moral evil.
Here’s the Vortex from Monday, with the script below (I'll post on the "Katholyc" Vortex later today, but you can watch the video and read the script for it here):
This could be the last presidential election held in America. Notice the spelling there –
That’s because if Obama winds this election .. it will pretty much seal the deal that
America has been transformed into A-M-E-R-I-K-A .. or at least transformed ENOUGH that America will simply be fading away.
What’s the difference between Amerika and America?
Well… Amerika is a socialist, welfare-driven, child-murdering, contracepting, same-sex marriage supporting state either indifferent to or even hostile to God in general and Catholicism in particular. Think of it as a culture of MTV on steroids.
America is the past. Amerika is the future, and the only good thing that can be said of
Amerika is that its days as world leader will come to an end in short order after the transformation is complete.
Now, that might be a shocking and sad thing to hear, but we can’t be terribly upset by it, for a couple of reasons.
First, many good solid people who believe in much of what America has stood for in the
past are like people who are just now getting word that their favorite uncle died last year. For them, the death is new; but in reality their feelings are only just now catching up to a reality that has already been in existence for a while.
So while sadness and even shock may rule the day, it’s a little misplaced when you consider the objective facts.
America – the America of my father for example, who is 83 – hasn’t existed for decades.
It didn’t happen overnight. But it has happened without a doubt. When he and I are talking, he often says, “This isn’t the same country I grew up in.” He’s right. He was born the day the stock market crashed in 1929. In the 1930s up to the 1960s, when my father was a young man, America was a country with certain problems – like racism – that nevertheless had the moral foundation to overcome those problems sooner or later.
Then the 1960s hit and things began to change. It was the transition decade when
America first saw Amerika begin to emerge. And since then, the lights have turned up on Amerika, and faded on America.
The 1960’s saw the sexual revolution and contraception become and remain a norm.
The 1970’s saw abortion become and remain a norm.
The 1980’s saw the beginning of the breakdown of the family as widespread divorce became and remained a norm.
The 1990’s saw the first major advancement of militant homosexuality become and remain a norm.
The 2000’s and forward have seen the coming together of all these evils into one gigantic force that the full weight of the government has now been thrown behind to encourage and support in all its various forms.
And this evil behemoth has become sufficiently powerful to now directly challenge religion in general and Catholicism most especially.
We have reached this pass specifically because the underlying principles the country was founded on accepted a Protestant version of Christianity where each man is able to interpret and reach his own conclusions about theology and morality. Some call it “freedom of religion”.
Freedom of religion is the right to be free from coercion by the state when exercising worship and belief in the Almighty. But in the United States, it has been lived out as the right to believe whatever one wants. That’s a radically different notion and in it – always present – were the seeds of America transforming into Amerika.
To illustrate the point: we see how an incorrect understanding of religion can result in societal breakdown. As we roll back through the ills associated with each decade, we can see various religious bodies – most of them Protestant – accepted each of these evils to one degree or another in their theology.
Nearly all Protestant denominations accepted and still do accept contraception – despite the fact that before 1929, the year my father was born, not one of them did. Then came abortion, and more liberal protestant denominations were among the first to embrace child-killing – and still do – and this includes quite a few normally socially conservative black congregations.
The same with divorce and re-marriage in the 1980’s. Same sex marriage supporters have a point when they say, “Don’t blame us for the breakdown of the family – divorce has done more damage than we could ever do.”
And when the 1990’s – dubbed the Gay 90s – hit, it was Protestant theologians out front and center deconstructing sacred scripture and making up lies that Sodom was destroyed not for homosexuality, but for not being hospitable.
Of course, it was these Protestant distortions that numerous Catholics accepted as they too walked away from the faith or tried to construct a new one – making it up as they went along, and accommodating evil while still claiming the mantle of Catholic.
And nothing – or painfully little – was ever done to stop them by bishops and religious superiors, as many of them were just as complicit in these evils themselves through either cowardice or cooperation. These bishops and other Catholic leaders and luminaries like theologians and university presidents and professors all threw the faith overboard and became Protestants in practice themselves.
It was the worldview of Protestant theology – complete with its distorted notion of religious freedom – from which all these choices sprang that has been responsible for the America transforming into Amerika.
The second reason we can’t be terribly sad or shocked about this transformation from a
Catholic perspective is pretty simple. While Protestant America still lived according to a CATHOLIC code of morality – a code by the way that the Catholic Church still teaches that no Protestant denomination does – there was still hope. Despite vast theological differences, Protestants and Catholics lived the heritage of Catholic morality: no abortion, no contraception, no divorce and re-marriage, no acceptance of homosexuality, and so forth.
It was this moral code that held the country together and made America, America. Once this began to be transformed, America began its transformation into Amerika. And now the transformation is almost complete.
This transformation will cause Amerika to cease be a world leader. It will take some time because of the residue of our wealth and power and prestige and military. But all this will fade, and from an authentically Catholic perspective, this can only be seen as a good thing.
Amerika – what she has become – is a purveyor of moral filth in the form of pornography and child-murder, a promoter of perverted sexual lusts and desires, home to an entertainment industry which glorifies adultery and fornication; and Amerika spreads these evils and perversities around the globe because of her immense standing among the nations.
Amerika is Ancient Rome. As we hear in the Apocalypse of St. John:
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen: and is become the habitation of devils and the hold of every unclean spirit and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird: Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication: and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; And the merchants of the earth have been made rich by the power of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven: and the Lord hath remembered her iniquities.” Apoc. 18: 2-5.
This election is not the struggle. It’s what comes AFTER the election where the struggle begins for the Body of Christ.
It’s time to cling to the Faith.