In such a situation, management by crisis overrides authentic exercise of human freedom and responsibility. But this alone will not achieve their goals. The Necessity of Resistance. Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, addressed this matter in his introduction to a book by Msgr.
Cardinal Ratzinger writes in the introduction:. On the other hand, efforts to build the future have been made by attempts that draw more or less profoundly from the source of liberal traditions. Under the title New World Order, these efforts take on a configuration; they increasingly relate to the U. On the contrary, it is very realistic: it determines the limits of the well-being sought from limited means for attaining it.
This philosophy recommends, for example, without seeking to justify itself, not worrying about taking care of those who are no longer productive nor have any hope of a quality life. The goal is the self-realization of women for whom the principle obstacles are the family and maternity. How can an ideology, that recommends sterilization, abortion, systematic contraception and even euthanasia as the price of an unbridled pansexualism, bring men to the joy of living and loving? Writing elsewhere about the U. Religions in general, and in the first place the Catholic religion, figure among the obstacles that have to be neutralized.
Chesterton once wrote that when men cease to believe in God, they do not then believe in nothing; they will then believe in anything. The imposition of a political new world order in conjunction with a religious new world order has not only the odor of totalitarianism. It has the distinct odor of apocalypse. The new messianists, in seeking to transform mankind into a collective being disconnected from his Creator, will unknowingly bring about the destruction of the greater portion of mankind.
They will unleash unprecedented horrors: famines, plagues, wars, and ultimately Divine Justice.
In the beginning they will use coercion to further reduce population, and then if that fails they will use force. Against the bastion of traditional morality that stands in their way, they will also use coercion, and if that fails, they will also use force. They forget, or reject, the lessons of history: a true and healthy order in the human community can only arise from free assent, an internal restoration of authentic moral order. In the end, the supposed tolerance of neo-liberalism will reach its limits, and then its true nature will be revealed.
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They will call evil good, and good evil. They will fulfill the prophecy of the ages and wage total war against Christianity. Is it near? Has it begun? It is my sense that it has been underway for a long time, probably since before the French Revolution.
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Events will very soon accelerate—and accelerate exponentially. We cannot know for certain the exact day and hour, nor do we have a precise blueprint that gives us schematic details of each stage of the apocalypse. That vision was given in prophetic, symbolic form, and thus all those who follow Christ must go with him in the way of faith, and not in the way of Gnostic self-preservation.
Even so, Christ himself calls us in every generation to remain sober and alert, to stay awake and watch. Assessing the Configuration of the World. To measure the shape of unfolding human events in history is never a science and at best is a kind of informed art. Man is not omnipotent, that is obvious enough, though in our times he exhibits an astonishing appetite for pushing the outer frontiers of god-like powers. Less obvious is the fact that we are not omniscient knowers. We cannot stand afar off in outer space, if you will, and survey our world as if objectively assessing the civilization of a newly discovered sentient being.
Not one of us can consider the tragic and the glorious aspects of life on this planet with a wholly unprejudiced eye.
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It is our world, our history. Human motivation is a major factor in how reality is read.
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It goes without saying that positive economics, if based on respect for human rights, is a good thing. And ideas, as the events of the 20 th century overwhelmingly demonstrated, can have deadly consequences. We who live in the 21 st must never forget that one-dimensional readings of man always lead in the wrong direction. Man perceives the world around him through lenses that interpret the complex data of existence into a comprehensible package of meaning.
This meaning informs him about what is to be done about the world around him, what are the highest goods he should pursue for his personal benefit, and if he is an idealist, what are the highest goods he should pursue for the benefit of mankind. Politicians, generally, live somewhere between the opposite poles of selfishness and selflessness. With some notable exceptions, they are people who rise to positions of influence in their nations as they grow adept at riding the waves of popular hopes and fears, projecting images of themselves, creating visions of the future for their people, solving problems small and large, uttering admirable platitudes, power-broking, learning to compromise, and juggling short-term common sense solutions with grander agendas.
They face the nearly insurmountable obstacles presented by the limited dimensions of their psychological cosmos, endlessly reinforced by those of like-minded powerful people, while at the same time they face the specter of their own possible failure. If they were to resist the tide of an entire age so it seems to them , they would slip from influence and fall back into anonymity, and for man without God this means the largely subconscious terror of non-being. I have power, therefore I exist. I save the world on my own terms, therefore I am. It bears repeating: this is largely subconscious.
But this saving the world business is extremely tricky. The history of oppressive governments is the history of politicians attempting to save the world on their own terms, cut off from the guiding principles of moral absolutes. By contrast, the old monarchies of Christendom ruled under the watchful eye of heaven.
Good kings tried with their limited means to rule by divine principles. Even bad kings had some sense that they would one day stand under the judgment of a court far higher than their own, risking a condemnation much more horrible than their own dungeons. When they broke divine law they at least knew there was a law.
In the post-monarchical age, this is less and less so. The tyrants of our times have ruled by Marxist or fascist or a variety of oligarchical systems of thought and practice, and various other mutations of secular messianism. Some have attained high office through the vehicle of democratic process.
Even anarchists, rejecting any form of government at all, are merely the witting or unwitting catalysts of dictatorships. The New Totalitarianism. The concept of totalitarian government is broad and seems to stretch broader as the ages go onward. But if we seek to understand our times with any proximate coherence, we should understand this: Every system of totalitarian rule, including and between the poles of brutal tyranny and soft-spoken control, have this in common: 1 the rejection of binding moral absolutes established by a transcendent Being; and thus: 2 the minimizing of the absolute value of human life, and 3 the elevation of the State malignant and seemingly benign alike as the final arbiter of good and evil.
Those who are convinced that they know the truth and firmly adhere to it are considered unreliable from a democratic point of view, since they do not accept that truth is determined by the majority, or that it is subject to variation according to different political trends. It must be observed in this regard that if there is no ultimate truth to guide and direct political activity, then ideas and convictions can easily be manipulated for reasons of power. As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism.
The human community is never more endangered than when totalitarianism appears to be benevolent. We soon find ourselves succumbing to a magnetic attraction, and voting for leaders whose agendas mix admirable elements and fatal flaws. Our guilt is denied, our sense of personal responsibility is numbed, to the degree that we perceive the sacrificed lives as statistical abstractions and our personal comforts as more real.
By such choices we are revealed to ourselves. Where our treasure is, there is our heart. By and large, in the once-Christian democracies of the West we have been measured in the scales and found wanting. In times past, a deceiving illusion could hold sway in a nation, or a continent, for limited periods.
China does it brutally; the Western nations do it through coercion. Both are manifestations of an undeclared war against mankind. History, it is said, is written by the conquerors, and that is only a little less true for those who assess current events in which they are personally enmeshed, the outcome of which is not yet known. Even so, let us have no doubt about it: the would-be conquerers are defining the terms of combat and the terms of conquest, and until God intervenes and brings history to its eschaton , its climax and end, they will presume to write its history.
Today not a few of the powerful of the earth act in the same way. They too are haunted by the current demographic growth, and fear that the most prolific and poorest peoples represent a threat for the well-being and peace of their own countries. Even the economic help which they would be ready to give is unjustly made conditional on the acceptance of an anti-birth policy.
Now, unless there is a global illumination of conscience, the shapers of the new world order will seek to conquer more and more territory, not least of which is the moral and psychological geography of man, as they reconfigure the way life is lived on this planet. We—yes, even we Christians—are baited at the mouth by the lure of global peace and prosperity, and goaded from behind by our dread of economic depression, terrorism, ecological catastrophe and nuclear conflict. These dangers are real enough. But the solutions are potentially catastrophic in their own right.
That is why it is now urgent that we who live in the democracies—more accurately, the declining remnants of democratic process—take greater care in discerning the people we elect to government. Are they men of principle willing to risk their careers for the sake of defending a principle or are they men of expedience? Do they serve moral absolutes, publicly as well as privately, or are they servants of the dictatorship of moral relativism?
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Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth—which means candor. The truth is that all systems that seek to rule the Family of Man with either total or selective contempt for some portion of that family, in the end will destroy the family itself.
Such systems are inherently anti-human, and thus they are also anti- Christ. It is a simple fact that all the worst manifestations of the spirit of Antichrist in history have been immediately preceded by apostasy from the Christian faith. We are now living in the midst of the greatest apostasy from the Christian faith in the history of the Church. This apostasy has been made possible not only by the external pressures brought to bear on believers by the spirit of the world, by the sins and errors of unbelievers.
It has occurred largely because of the internal betrayal of the Faith by false teachers who have arisen among us, those who gradually seized our institutions in the particular churches university faculties and other levels of education, some seminaries, diocesan organs of formation in faith, catechetical programs, and so forth and turned them to their own purposes, which were far from the mind of Christ and far from the heart of the Church. Is it too late to reverse the tide?
I think not. It is never too late for the world to be renewed, as long as man turns to the true sources of what makes him human. Our valiant witness must be active in both private and public life. Michael D. March 17, To the presiding spirit of the church in Laodicea, write this:.
I know you are neither hot nor cold. How I wish you were one or the other—hot or cold! But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth! Revelation 4: For thus said the Lord to me, taking hold of me and warning me not to walk in the way of this people: Call not alliance what this people calls alliance, and fear not, nor stand in awe of what they fear.
But with the Lord of hosts make your alliance—for him be your fear and your awe. Isaiah 8: Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient. Steady your hearts, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5: A great sign appeared in the heavens, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
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Because she was with child, she wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, flaming red, with seven heads and ten horns; on his heads were seven diadems. His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, ready to devour her child when it would be born. She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
Then the dragon was enraged with the Woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. Revelation , Samples of his other articles can be read at:. Sign of Contradiction and the New World Order:.
The Family and the New Totalitarianism:. Globalism versus Ultra-nationalism a fairy tale :. All Rights Reserved. While acknowledging that power will continue to be concentrated at the top level of the pyramid, Samli offers an alternative model, a philosophy and practice of "social capitalism" that is grounded in a bottom-up approach to wealth creation. Drawing from examples around the world, Samli argues that wherever the entrepreneurial spirit is tapped, financial, social, and political change will inevitably take place, as other actors in the system recognize opportunities to reap the benefits for example, through the creation of more consumers and collection of more taxes.
Institutions and infrastructure designed to create more entrepreneurs may well be the key to emerging from the current crisis and setting the stage for a more diverse, inclusive global economy. Making the direct links among entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental protection, and political freedom, and offering practical recommendations for enlarging the pie, rather than slicing it into smaller pieces, Samli presents a provocative, and ultimately hopeful, view of a more inclusive, wealthier, and sustainable future.
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