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Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Robert Miller

One has to sign the Declaration -- and, of course, I did as fast as I could. Privileged to to be able to -- with my own Archbishop Kurtz and with Cardinal Rigali.

However, I am sure I do not agree with George Weigel's Whig hermeneutic of continuity. Weigel is, I think, fighting a rearguard action to save the modern secular liberal state (or, at the very least, its US incarnation) for "Christendom".

George is a brilliant guy -- I mean it; I love his writing -- but that dog won't hunt.

The US state -- and the global culture it has spawned -- is profoundly anti-Catholic (most specifically, in its First Amendment). The First Amendment is about conferring individual and assembly rights, not about recognizing corporate religious (not to mention, Catholic) inculturation in public life. Until European and (especially) US Catholics realize that the Whig/Enlightenment secular state is not Caesar, they will not be able to come to grips with Anti-Christ.

"Faithful citizenship" is not the order of this day.

God bless the US bishops for their courage and their resolve to do the best they can in the absence of effective US Catholic lay leadership.


Read Dinesh D'Souza's "The Enemy At Home." He nailed how the cultural left has eviscerated traditional morality with disastrous consequences both home and abroad. (Of course, JPII and Benedict saw the same ideological poverty in Europe much earlier and commented widely.)

Political polemics aside, the extreme cultural liberalism that we associate with modern politics in America and export as "freedom" has alienated our orthodox friends, and especially Muslims. He identifies their real animus towards the US (generally) as the anti-traditional stance of the cultural left, and I personally feel there should be coalition building among people of faith to counter this anti-religious bullying.

This is a wonderful step in the right direction. God bless and protect our Catholic Bishops.

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