Editorial: We Do Not Need a Conservative Revolution. We need a Christian Revolution
somehow intrinsically evil, it is NOT. The the distrust of governance is a weakness of the conservative/neo-conservative/libertarian coalition. The current conservative/neo-conservative/libertarian rhetoric needs to be carefully examined by Christians. We are not libertarians. Freedom is not found in the isolated individual. It is found in the family. Freedom is a relational reality.
The real questions concerning whether government is "good" is who does the governing, where it happens and whether such governance reflects truly moral values. Such an analysis does not begin with the isolated individual. In the words of the first book of the Bible we read "it is not good for man to be alone". It all begins with the family. We can only be fully human - and experience human flourishing and freedom - in relationship with one another. We are by nature - and by grace - social creatures.
We need a movement for true freedom. We need men and women who can champion this philosophy in a way that inspires people to sacrifice for it. It must present an authentic vision of human freedom - not a libertinism masquerading as liberty or a selfish Individualism rejecting our obligation to one another. It must insist upon the moral foundation of any exercise of freedom. For example, we may be free to choose, but some choices are always and everywhere wrong. We ALL know this is true because it is written on the human heart. It does not require religion to reveal it or make it obligatory. It is a part of our common morality.
For example, the shared knowledge of what is right is the basis of our criminal justice system. For example, we all know it is always wrong to kill an innocent neighbor. That is not a proper exercise of human "freedom". This is true even if that neighbor lives in the first home of the whole human race, their mothers womb. We may hide voluntary abortion behind Orwellian language such as "choice" and "abortion rights" in a failed attempt to make it sound noble, but it is barbarism. It does not free us, it enslaves us as we kill our neighbors.
I have written of the "two step" of the new censors. It is a threat to freedom. The secularist censors seek to relegate our truth claims concerning the dignity of every human life and our defense of marriage and the family founded upon it as being "religious positions." They insist that these positions are therefore not an appropriate subject for public policy or political discourse. They want these truth claims to be confined within our Church Walls. They try to use the Police power of the State to silence us.
This is not freedom it is tyranny. There is a difference between a "secular" State, a State which welcomes all religious expressions, or none at all; a State which is not identified with one religious institution - and "secularism", an oppressive anti-religious regime which seeks to censor out of the public forum the wonderful contributions of the Church, people of faith, and of the great ideas informed by faith.
There is a Cultural Revolution underway in the West. This revolution is a threat not only to Christians but to all freedom loving people. For example, there are two conflicting visions of the human person, human freedom, human flourishing and marriage and the family founded upon it as the first cell of a truly just society contending for the future. These visions are incompatible with one another. Only one will triumph.
The collapse of the West can be averted; but only through the influence of the Church. It is her vision of the person, the family and the common good which will pave the way for our true and genuine liberation. It is the Church which is the vehicle of true progress. Christianity is the antidote to the descent into barbarism arising out of the neo-paganism masquerading as liberation.
We have lived through word games which portend the creeping oppression of dangerous and inhuman regimes in the last few decades. The misuse of the word "progressive" is another example of "verbal engineering"; what the late, great C.S. Lewis in his "Studies in Words" called "verbicide." There is a concerted effort to paint those who adhere to orthodox Christianity as "backward." Nothing could be farther from the truth. We are the true progressives!
It has been the contributions of Christianity throughout modern history, such as its´ insistence on the inherent and inviolable dignity and worth of every human person, that have set people - and cultures- free from the bondage of totalitarianism and produced true human progress. It has been the truth proclaimed by the Christian Church that has exposed and brought down errant philosophies which enslaved whole Nations. It has been a Christian world view and anthropology that have helped to advance true human liberation. It will be the Church that leads the world to a future of real progress. She is its champion.
We do not need a "conservative" revolution. We need a Christian revolution.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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