Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Restoration of Catholic Culture Beyond the Narrow Culture of Clericalism

Outrage over any kind of sexual abuse scandal, be it in a traditional Catholic or an entirely secular society, can only make sincere sense if those who shake their heads in disappointment over scandal expect higher, not lower, moral standards of their local pastors, teachers, role models, and political representatives, etc. And this can hardly be a matter of mere legal arbitrariness, as though it was only a horror to sexually exploit teenagers but not to whore women and men---and thus, especially in our technological age, all of society---as soon as persons hit the age of 18, and ever thereafter. Only the willfully blind won't see that the crocodile tears shed by a pornosophic society are at least as hypocritical as any fall from grace in a Christian society where better is expected ideally.

But in traditional Catholic societies, those cynics who say that instances of hypocritical transgressions of Christian standards (i.e., behavior which in our technologically-fueled pornographic culture succumbs to the ethos of the whole decadent culture) do not reinforce the moral standards and only show that we can safely do without Christian culture altogether know not what they say; because far more than sexual rectitude is involved in such subversive notions. Where there is "freedom" only for evils in any society, the evils then only grow and grow and the will-to-power then takes over among the elites, eventually becoming the only "law" there is. Then it is only a matter of time before sexual lust turns to blood-lust, as history shows only too well.

Clericalist Corruption

But there is another danger: Whenever "Christian culture" is reduced to and equated with an arrogant clericalism, as sometimes happened here and there, that's when even the Christian people will be tempted to side with the cynics and subversives when the chickens come home to roost. In any culture anywhere, wherever bishops and priests come off as an arrogant power structure---the gentleness and Wisdom of Christ becomes less and less visible in them and troubles loom. And post-conciliar clerics can be every bit as guilty of this, we know, as any in the pre-conciliar era sometimes were.

No, nihilism can hardly be a substitute for Christian culture, for then a very brutal reality takes over across all levels of society as we know from ancient pagan cultures (to say nothing of the new brutal neoconservative powers which masquerade as 'humanitarian' and "liberal" even when acting as lawless imperial powers).

Bishops and priests, then, while tirelessly upholding the moral and natural laws, at the same time had better show the love of Christ and the Gospels or else few will weep when their corrupted kingdom spins out of "control". People will often forgive sins and human failings (knowing firsthand that we too are sinners), but arrogance and mere power is much harder to forgive.

Jesus said "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28:-30). There is the true priest and Christian culture, beyond all Phariseeism and worldliness.

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