First, Vincent Frankini of Tumblar House made a suggestion that if one were to read 10 pages per day for an entire year, you would read about 3650 pages in a year which would work out to 10-20 books per year. So, I was reading Libido Dominandi the last couple of mornings. I bought Libido Dominandi quite a while ago, and like a few E. Michael Jones books its a daunting task to read it because its so huge (over 600 pages long). The book argues that sexual liberation as we’ve seen in Western culture over the last 60 years is actually something that the Regime uses as a form of political control, and that inappropriately indulging your passions (sexual acts outside of marriage and without the possibility of procreation) makes you a slave. As someone who has had his struggles with sexual vices, I would say based upon what I’ve read so far – about 360 pages of a 600 page book – that he is spot on. Sexual immorality is the fastest way to, first, corrupt people, and then basically use people to enforce this new orthodoxy on everybody else. If you don’t believe me, try to oppose homosexuality and win the leadership of a national political party.
Second is a thought that’s been running through my head for a while. Evangelization not ecumenism. It strikes me that things must have become really, really bad in the Catholic Church and in the world in general if the then-gloriously reigning Pope John Paul II felt the need to call for a “New Evangelization”. Aren’t we supposed to be doing that anyway? Doesn’t Christ’s great Commission command us to baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost? Yet, much of the Church hierarchy it seems, and particularly my own Ordinary would prefer to focus on ecumenism. I don’t think you can have ecumenism without evangelization. The Catholic Church is the true Church. The true religion. Ecumenism that isn’t based upon persuading our Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Protestant friends of that fact isn’t real ecumenism. Its just indifferentism. It amounts to making all religions seem equal. Sorry, fellas, that’s a sin.
Third, this country that we call Canada was founded by the French and the English. The French being Catholic and the English Protestant. Samuel Champlain landed in what was “New France” or Quebec in the early 17th century. I forget the exact year. Canada was for much of its history a nation that was nearly majority Catholic. The Catholic Church was the boss in Quebec, and Quebec was and is home to a significant share of Canada’s population. Since the Quiet Revolution when French Canadians decided they would rather worship the government than God, it seems that something else has implicitly taken its place – secularism. We’ve become a nation that views religion and theology as something that’s not real. Its just a private devotion that doesn’t belong in public life. That needs to change. Hence the call to evangelize. I have to do better. All honestly believing Catholics need to do better in this country. Or else we’ll deserve the persecution that is sure to come later.
Fourth, I mentioned Tumblar House earlier. If you have a chance check out the website. Its a great little Catholic bookstore with some good titles that are well worth reading. I’ve got the site on my blog roll on the right hand side of the page.