Tuesday 19th June 2018

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

The Shallow State

February 19, 2018 Frontpage No Comments

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

In recent issues, we have briefly described how the “Deep State” operates in the realm of government (September 28, 2017) and the Church (December 21, 2017). In both cases, seasoned bureaucrats have burrowed deep into the organization in order not to serve its purposes but to pervert them. As a result, in government, elected officials discover that their laws (with regard to the legislative branch) or their policies (with regard to the executive branch) are in some mysterious way turned into a train wreck caused by hidden forces which they can neither identify nor control.
In the Church, bishops have created bureaucracies so large that they now depend on them, rather than vice-versa. And by what seems to be an irresistible law of gravity, power has flowed to the staffs at the chancery level and, of course, at the massive USCCB headquarters in Washington, D.C. And naturally, one bureaucracy begets more bureaucracies. Witness the Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore and the Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria, Va., both of them now dependent on federal government funding in the hundreds of millions a year.
Given this power structure, it should not surprise the bishops that key senior members of their bureaucracy might consider their consecrated superiors to be figureheads who neither share nor even notice the agendas that are so dear to key career personnel.
How else could it come to pass that Catholic Relief Services privately dithered for months when it was discovered that a senior male officer there had “married” his male roommate? And why did it take a gloating announcement in Washington’s Gay Blade newspaper to reveal that Catholic Charities, USA, desiring continued good relations with the new Obama administration, had paid $476,750 to the Sheridan Group — headed by “gay lobbyist” Tom Sheridan — in one year “for lobbying services and advocacy work related to the Catholic organization’s anti-poverty projects”?
Funny how that fact never appears in CCUSA’s direct-mail appeals to faithful Catholics.

The Few And The Many

The Deep State in these organizations operates with powerful influence, camouflaged with an anonymity similar to that enjoyed by members of the “Inner Party” in Orwell’s Ministry of Truth. But ironically, the apparatchiks of the Deep State could not survive, much less wreak their damage, without the unwitting support of a much larger number of their colleagues who keep the wheels turning and make it possible for their respective organizations to operate day by day.
These people number in the millions, and most of them have no stake in the agendas of their Deep State colleagues. Often they don’t know who those colleagues are, and just as often many don’t even know those colleagues exist. But the Deep State depends on these good people, manipulating them and misleading them with a delicate combination of feigned cooperation and implicit intimidation.
Welcome to the Shallow State. Here abide those good, hard-working folks who have done everything right. They’ve studied hard, they’ve gone the extra mile, and they have been fortunate enough to secure work in their chosen fields.
They are accountants for major firms doing business on billion-dollar government contracts. They are lawyers who have specialized in the intricacies of a law that was passed (without their knowledge) due to barely legal bribes and other payoffs. They are employers who would be out of business if this or that government preference, program, or grant was defunded. And, of course, they are millions of average employees from all walks of life.
They have families. They have mortgages. Their kids have tuitions. All they want to do is to work hard for a living — but slowly they have become aware that something is simply not right with the way their employers do business.
In fact, for many their work has become downright uncomfortable. In business and government, their fellow employees might object to the crucifix on their desk. They might be required to attend harassing “gender equity” training sessions. Things might get worse. What do they do if their CEO joins the board of Planned Parenthood USA? Or sponsors the “Gay Pride” march, or even threatens to move out of their home state because its laws protect families and businesses like bakers and florists from harassment by radical sodomites?
Others are working in some way for the Church. In fact, Kevin Cardinal Farrell, who was recently appointed prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life in Rome, has encouraged more members of the laity to do so. Countless men and women of goodwill have undoubtedly responded. But what happens if they notice that their office is developing sex education programs for children down to the age of five? Or advocating global warming or Obamacare or amnesty instead of Humanae Vitae? What if they discover that the priest who heads the “child protection” office is funneling funds to pay for his boyfriend’s apartment in the city? What happens if they are called on the carpet because they here heard speaking “uncharitably” to a colleague about “gay rights”?
Throughout our society, perversion has permeated institutions everywhere. And good people, wherever they work, have been intimidated and, if necessary, punished for speaking out about it in their workplace. So what are good people to do? Lay low. Keep your head down, do your work, and keep quiet about the rot that is slowly seeping into your profession, your workplace, and your community. Hey — haven’t you noticed what’s happened to those who speak up?
“Chris, you can only quit once,” said a State Department bureaucrat who wanted someone else, not him, to correct the malfeasance in his office. A talented analyst, he had slowly come to recognize which of his colleagues were part of the “Deep State” even before he knew its extent or its power — or even its name. Each individual might not have had that much authority, but somehow their network seemed capable of shutting down any opposition, often anonymously, always effectively.
Why didn’t he blow the whistle?
He had a wife. A family. A mortgage. Tuitions. And eventually, a pension. Turn the page.
Church bureaucracies are no different. They hire talented people, most of them honest and hard-working. But some of them wander, becoming more loyal to their personal agendas than they are to the faith. After all, they have careers too. And the more they interface with their government paymasters, the more they recognize how things really work. That’s how the USCCB bureaucracy neutered the bishops’ pro-life efforts in favor of championing welfare-state “social justice” programs years ago.
Some of the players are well-known, but others are not. How did they get there? Why didn’t anybody tell us?

The Way The World Works

Consider Ken Hackett, who ran Catholic Relief Services for twenty years. He once said that he had never hired a Republican. After twenty years, wouldn’t that personnel policy have policy consequences?
During those twenty years, the Democrat Party became the party of free, legal, and universal abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. At the same time, CRS was receiving billions from AID, the most pro-abortion agency in the U.S. government. The USCCB’s personnel and policies paralleled that.
Should we be surprised that, but for a few isolated cases, the authority of our bishops to follow canon law, to teach the hard, unpopular truths of the faith, or even to confront their own Deep State has been virtually emasculated?
In government and the commercial world, it’s no different. Most people are there to work hard and employ their skills for the common good. But consider one example of a Deep State network — possibly the most powerful — and how it came into its power.
A homosexual employee of a major company convinces Human Resources to put his “partner” on the company’s health plan. Suddenly the word goes out through the network — “they’re hiring.” It won’t take long for Christians at that company to learn that they’re an oppressive, homophobic bunch of bigots who had better learn to keep their mouths shut. And not long after that, the ill-educated lawyers and MBAs who think they’re running the company are cowed into threatening local officials to adopt a “gay rights” ordinance or they’ll move their operations to a more “gay friendly” location.
Will even one brave employee dare go to the public hearing and testify against the ordinance?
As Prufrock says, “. . . . And this, and so much more.”
Welcome to the Shallow State.

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Bishop: Deny Communion to Border Agents. It’s a ‘Life Issue.’

Is enforcing U.S. immigration law a moral evil that demands excommunication? Or would a new proposal politicize the Eucharist, strengthen organized crime, and hurt even more migrant children? Roman Catholics must face these questions after Bishop Edward Weisburger of Tucson suggested “canonical…Continue Reading

Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

Catholic Argentina’s lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while…Continue Reading

Pope Francis rejects German proposal for inter-communion

Vatican City, Jun 4, 2018 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist…Continue Reading

St. Paul archdiocese settlement is largest-ever in Catholic bankruptcy case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout…Continue Reading

Church’s teaching on male-only priesthood is ‘infallible’: Vatican doctrine chief

ROME, May 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Vatican office overseeing Church doctrine has insisted that the Church’s teaching on the male-only priesthood is “infallible,” and has offered a veiled rebuke of a prominent Cardinal who recently claimed the…Continue Reading

The revolt against Humanae Vitae continues to haunt us today

ROME, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — As in 2017, 2018 is also a year that is rich with important and significant anniversaries which we need to remember, because the roots of the present are found in the past. The best known…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Communion cannot be shared with non-Catholics like beer or cake

BUCKFASTLEIGH, England, May 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Protestants who want to receive Holy Communion should become Catholics, Cardinal Francis Arinze said this week, and added that “it is rather serious” to presume marriage can be dissolved for the purpose of…Continue Reading

Speaker Ryan Proposes a Return to Catholic Social Doctrine at Prayer Breakfast

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Thursday about how he believed the answer to many of the political problems society faces today, including “moral relativism” and “tribalism,” can be found in Catholic…Continue Reading

Judge rules ‘transgender’ high-schooler should have been allowed opposite-sex bathroom

NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia, May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge has ruled that a Virginia high school should have allowed a gender-confused former student to use the restrooms designated for the opposite sex. Gavin Grimm is a female Gloucester High School…Continue Reading

One of the most ‘liberal abortion regimes’ if vote passes

Ireland will have one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe if Friday’s referendum is passed, the No campaign warned during its final press conference on Wednesday. With the broadcasting ban set to come into force on the eve of the…Continue Reading

Pope asks for prayers for Catholics in China

Pope Francis has appealed to all Christians to be spiritually close to Catholics who live in China, and to pray they may live their faith in full communion with the Holy See. Speaking during the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope recalled…Continue Reading

Life is the ‘true source of America’s greatness,’ President Trump tells pro-life gala

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — President Donald Trump affirmed the importance of the right to life and called on pro-life voters to help secure it Tuesday night, in his keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony List’s 11th…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Conway: ‘As a mother, as a Catholic,’ no one likes migrant family separation policy

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday “nobody likes” the Trump administration’s policy of separating families who cross the border illegally, but indicated President Trump will not act unilaterally to change it. “As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who’s got a conscience … I will tell you that nobody likes this policy,” Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Congress passed the law that it is a

Catholic bishops rebuke Trump’s asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration’s latest immigration policies, with the group’s president suggesting the new rules on asylum are a “right to life” issue. Some bishops followed by urging protests, including “canonical penalties” for those who carry out the administration’s new rules. Within minutes of opening the USCCB’s biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday…Continue Reading

New law requiring priests to break confession seal ‘premature and ill-judged’, Archbishop Coleridge says

CHURCH leaders are standing firm in support of priests upholding the seal of confession as a “religious freedom”, despite a new law that would require a priest to break the seal to report allegations of child abuse and misconduct. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the new law – that will apply in the Australian Capital Territory from March 2019 – as “premature and ill-judged, seemingly driven by a desire to…Continue Reading

Papal advisor claims Francis would not give ‘strict no’ to women’s ordination

June 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The new preparatory document for the 2019 Pan-Amazon Synod of Bishops is calling for the Church to open an “official ministry” to women, and seeking “courageous” and inculturated proposals for an “inclusive ministerial action.” Bishop Erwin Kräutler, one of the organizers of this forthcoming October 2019 Synod, is promoting the idea of ordaining married men to the priesthood for that Amazon region, and even women. He carefully claims that Pope…Continue Reading

Pope Francis accepts the resignations of 3 Chilean Bishops

The Holy See’s Press Office announces that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three Chilean Bishops–two for reasons of having reached the age limit.

Advertisement(2)

Lindsey Graham’s Unjustifiable Call for War

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY (Editor’s Note: Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor in chief of CNSnews.com. Creators Syndicate distributed this column.) + + + Question: Has North Korea reinvaded South Korea since it signed an armistice 65 years ago suspending the Korean War? Answer: No. Question: Why? Answer: It has been deterred. Question: Would it…Continue Reading

Love And Cruelty In Ireland

By DONALD DeMARCO On the night of August 21, 1879, Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to a group of ordinary people in the village of Knock, County Mayo. She was flanked by St. Joseph on her right and St. John the Evangelist on her left. She said nothing and was described as being deep…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Exploring The Goodness, Truth, And Beauty Of Narnia

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Donal Anthony Foley reviews Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia, by Joseph Pearce, TAN Books, hardcover, 216 pages; $24.95 at www.tanbooks.com; Kindle version available at amazon.com for $9.98. The Chronicles of Narnia, the seven books written originally for children by the celebrated Christian writer, C.S. Lewis, are among the most…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan Says… Let’s Not Capitulate To The Abortion Culture

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — Responding to Fr. Thomas J. Reese’s recent suggestion that the pro-life movement abandon efforts to make abortion illegal and focus instead on reducing the number of abortions, Timothy Cardinal Dolan voiced grave concern with the proposal. “As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, I…Continue Reading

Love And Cruelty In Ireland

By DONALD DeMARCO On the night of August 21, 1879, Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to a group of ordinary people in the village of Knock, County Mayo. She was flanked by St. Joseph on her right and St. John the Evangelist on her left. She said nothing and was described as being deep…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

A Leaven In The World… Will Marriages Outside A Church Keep Couples In The Church?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church makes exceptions to its own rules; this is well known. There are God’s rules, such as the Commandments, exceptions to which cannot be granted by man. And then there are the regulations promulgated by the Church, using the authority given her by the Lord, in order to better facilitate the pastoral work of…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Understanding Confession More Deeply

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 33 When Jesus gave the apostles the power to bind and unbind things here on Earth (Matt. 18:18), He gave them authority over His flock. Hence, from the very first century, Popes and bishops passed laws to be observed by the people. Consequently, considering the seriousness of sin, and the risk many take for…Continue Reading

Man’s Desire For Happiness

By DON FIER Significant to note from last week’s consideration of the eighth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10), is that the reward promised is identical to that of the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. Can you tell me the difference between a basilica and a cathedral? — M.N., California. A. A basilica is a title of honor given to certain churches which may be classified either as major basilicas or minor basilicas. The only four major basilicas are located in Rome. They are St. John Lateran, St. Peter, St. Paul Outside the Walls,…Continue Reading

Mourning Ireland’s Rejection Of The Eighth Amendment

(Editor’s Note: Below we reprint two statements on Ireland’s recent anti-life vote, the first from Fr. Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International, and the second from Bishop Kevin Doran of the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland. (Fr. Boquet’s June 5 commentary first appeared at hli.org, and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews. (Bishop Doran’s May 28 message was reprinted at zenit.org…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Joseph The Hymnographer

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the late sixth and early seventh century, the glories of Gregorian chant began to develop in Rome. Then, in the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote beautiful hymns to celebrate Corpus Christi and to honor the Real Presence. In the Eastern Church, around Constantinople, they also sang hymns, but it was not until the late ninth…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Medard

By CAROLE BRESLIN Detachment from worldly goods and temporal pleasures sometimes comes to a person after years of devotions, fasting, and prayer. By giving up one vice at a time or practicing one virtue and mastering that one, then moving on to the next, a person can grow in holiness. Occasionally, our Lord will bring a child into the world…Continue Reading