Tuesday 18th June 2019

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

No One Expects The Secular Inquisition!

February 28, 2019 Frontpage No Comments

By SHAUN KENNEY

The last few weeks have been a train wreck for the legacy media. Almost all of the wounds have been self-inflicted, with Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School now pursuing a $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post — and good for him.
I won’t bore you with the litany of horribles from the media desperately eager to craft a narrative to fit a worldview. The point is that their outlook on humanity isn’t just diametrically opposed to precisely half of America, but it is opposed to basic concepts of reality.
By the time this reaches your hands, there will be a stronger-than-even likelihood that the Mueller investigation will have released its report to the U.S. Department of Justice. There will be a stronger-than-likely chance that this report will be deemed inconclusive, with just enough ambiguity to satisfy both the president and his detractors.
The media will spin this accordingly into the old logical fallacy of disproving the negative. No proof of Russian collusion will be twisted into no proof that there wasn’t Russian collusion.
Of course, the press would love for such McCarthyism to be employed against the perceived enemies of freedom and justice in the world. This despite the fact that McCarthy, for all his perceived faults, was entirely correct about not only Alger Hiss but the depth of Communist infiltration into the American government during the 1930s and 1940s.
Yet if “democracy dies in darkness” — the new motto of the ethically challenged Washington Post — then nowhere has this darkness been more pervasive than among the perceived champions of total democracy. Some would prefer this to be a novel problem of clickbait-driven media, yet the problem is as old as Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward. The moment media stopped being a path for information and turned into a lens, the game was up. Vietnam could be spun; Watergate could be spun; Iran-Contra could be spun.
Just to dwell on this point for a moment, I can remember as a (very) young man that the Soviets were still being propped up in the late 1980s by opinion-driven media who sought detente with the Soviet Union in a partnership for peace. That is, where the socialist experiment could be modernized, and thus it has been in places such as Communist China, to a point where the materialist dreams of the planners could be met if only Western markets would subsidize it.
To Ronald Reagan’s credit, the postwar system of free markets and global capital achieved precisely this effect, by depriving the Soviets of needed capital and driving such investment toward the Chinese under the Clinton administration. With this so-called “end of democracy” came a certain conviction that only the Western liberal democratic order could preserve world peace. Those who stood against this order? Experienced regime change — unless, of course, you had nuclear weapons — a lesson that Iran and North Korea took to heart after the 2003 Iraq War.
Thus surrounded by nefarious enemies, Western foreign policy sought to expand our natural frontiers. The West no longer stopped at Berlin or Warsaw, but in places such as Kiev, Minsk, and Tbilisi. The South China Sea would be incorporated into the Alfred Thayer Mahan dictum that only the United States should guarantee the freedom of the seas. Cheap loans were extended to Third World countries incapable of paying them back, foreign aid was sent to indoctrinate the so-called Global South into adopting secular Western sexual norms, and an effort to keep Washington at the center of a global hub with other nations as so many spokes on a wheel.
No small wonder that the nations that could chafe — the BRICs of Brazil, Russia, India, and China — were the first to do so. Thus far, all of them have adopted what the American media have dubbed “populist” or nationalist governments in the face of Western globalism.
Back home, the impulse to dragoon the American public into the new secular dogmas has taken terrifying and dizzying new forms. Wearing a red MAGA Hat makes you a Nazi (until it turns out you were set up). Actors are getting beaten for being outspoken against the Trump regime (by people they themselves hire to do precisely that). Russians are buying our elections (until their efforts are shown to equate to a gnat belch in a hurricane). Cow emissions are imperiling the planet (yet no one can seem to point to the “clean energy” socialist state).
Even on questions such as marriage and sexuality, we find ourselves the victims of disinformation from our own media — folks warehoused in cubicles in big cities who can’t possibly imagine a different viewpoint on the world. Even within the Catholic Church, men like now former Cardinal McCarrick sock away pensions while men such as Cardinal Burke suffer one indignity after another. The media condemn the idea that the priesthood harbors a homosexual clergy crisis…if only we had just allowed these pederasts to marry, if only we had women’s ordination, if only…if only…if only….
Woe to those who stand up to these postmodern inquisitors. Time and time again, we see the reputations of good men and women dragged through the mud with the palpable excuse that something is trending on Twitter. The game is easy: Set up a Twitter account, friend the target’s associates, unleash your oppo file — and it works.
All of this crystallizes in the fact that our media are more than happy to serve as a secular Torquemada to a braying crowd. Just use a few buzzwords — racist, sexist, Nazi, pedophile, globalist, nationalist — and the mob will emote accordingly. Few people correct their first impressions because our amygdala tells us that our emotions were true, ergo our reactions must be as well.
Thus the modern secular inquisition chews up those who would preach heresy in the face of its interlocutors. The American press will make it dangerous to dissent because there is an order at play, a secular faith that Western liberal democracy is not just the best but only method of governance fit for their ideological designs.
The most we can do as good Catholics is simply to be aware of it when such criticism occurs to our own tribe, either from outside or within. No one expects the secular inquisition… but don’t expect it to come with soft pillows and the comfy chair (apologies to Monty Python fans everywhere).

+ + +

Pope Francis caused quite a stir as a document designed to increase harmony between Sunni Islam and Catholicism appeared to offend sensibilities back home. Within the document, there is a line stating that pluralism is willed by God…which to those of us who correctly chose to align with the Deposit of Truth and Faith, might be a touch perplexed as to why First National Bank just endorsed Second National Bank across the street.
Fr. Brian Harrison, OS, explained in great detail in these pages why Francis was correct on the technical questions while opening up the possibility for scandalizing the faithful by not explaining the difference between permissive will and consequential will (“Did Pope Francis Apostatize in Abu Dhabi?” in The Wanderer, February 14, 2019, p. 5A). The overreaction of apostasy from certain quarters of Catholicism seems more political than theological in substance, but it does go to show that words matter — and not just a little bit.
To be fair, I am quite certain that Al-Tayyab would have welcomed a distinction, if for no other reason than he himself quite honestly believes that Islam is the true and correct path. Francis’ gesture may have helped heal the rift created when the media condemned “Panzer Pope” Benedict XVI’s 2005 Regensburg Address — a fantastic speech one should read immediately.
Yet it does go to show that the media, once again, tend not to be terribly interested in reporting truth, but rather in skewing viewpoints towards discrete ends.

+ + +

We love your comments! First Teachers encourages readers to submit their thoughts, views, opinions, and insights to the author directly, either via e-mail or by mail. Please send any correspondence to Shaun Kenney c/o First Teachers, 5289 Venable Road, Kents Store, VA 23084 or by e-mail to svk2cr@virginia.edu.

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Load More...

Vatican’s doctrinal office expected to release document on gender theory

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing a document which will address Church teaching and the anthropology of the human person in the context of so-called gender theory, according to a Vatican…Continue Reading

Illinois bishops oppose abortion law, disagree on Communion for pro-choice lawmakers

Baltimore, Md., Jun 14, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- While two Illinois bishops are unified in their strong opposition to the state’s new abortion law, they differ on the question of prohibiting to receive Holy Communion the Catholic state legislators…Continue Reading

‘The Decalogue’ for Nuncios (Pope Francis’ Full Address to Meeting of Papal Representatives)

The following is a ZENIT working full English translation of the discourse Pope Francis prepared and delivered today, June 13, 2019, to all the Papal Representatives, meeting in the Vatican from June 12 – 15,  2019: **** Dear Brethren, I’m…Continue Reading

Vatican rejects idea that people can ‘choose one’s gender’

The Vatican on Monday released an official document that rejects the idea that a transgender person has the right to “choose one’s gender,” according to reports. The Washington Post reported that the Catholic Church said in the document that the right to…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell awaits verdict after prosecutor stumbles in appeal hearing

June 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The two-day hearing in Cardinal George Pell’s appeal before the Victorian Court of Appeal against his conviction for alleged child sex abuse in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1990s ended Thursday with a positive impression for the defense.…Continue Reading

Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis announces synod

St. Paul, Minn., Jun 7, 2019 / 06:04 pm (CNA).- Minnesota’s largest diocese will hold a synod— a meeting designed to help the bishop shepherd his local flock— during Pentecost Weekend 2021, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced yesterday. It will be the…Continue Reading

Jerry Falwell, Jr., Rev. Kevin Cusick and the Satanic War Against Sex

Some entity or other doesn’t want me writing. First, my carpal tunnel has flared up something fierce. It hurts me to pet the beagles, much less to peel them off the dirty plates they’re licking inside the dishwasher. My favorite…Continue Reading

Biden Buckles, Flips on Hyde Amendment Under Pressure From Democrats

Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment Thursday after facing intense backlash from within his own party. Biden, while speaking in Atlanta, first reaffirmed his support for Roe v. Wade

Biden names pro-LGBT ‘Equality Act’ as top priority if elected

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Passing the radical pro-LGBT and pro-abortion Equality Act “will be the first thing I ask to be done” if elected president, Joe Biden said at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday. The…Continue Reading

Pontifical university bans top scholar who accused Pope Francis of heresy in open letter

ROME, May 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the English-speaking world’s greatest living scholars of Classical philosophy was told he has been barred from all Pontifical Universities after he signed an Open Letter along with a number of prominent clergymen and scholars…Continue Reading

Pope Francis responds to heresy accusation, China concerns

Pope425

Vatican City, May 29, 2019 / 10:05 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said he reacted “with a sense of humor” to the accusation of heresy made against him earlier this month. “It does not hurt me at all. Hypocrisy and lies…Continue Reading

Parish priest assails Catholic prep school’s decision to allow same-sex union announcements

The pastor of a Catholic parish in the Washington suburbs has publicly slammed the decision this month by Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School to allow announcements of same-sex unions in its magazine for graduates, calling it a scandal that was a…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 . . .

Archbishop Viganò clarifies points arising from new interview

ROME, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In the wake of two recent pieces in the Washington Post relating to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, an article and an extended interview (the first the archbishop has granted since his initial allegations concerning Pope Francis), renewed insinuations and smears have been directed at the former diplomat of the Holy See. In his June 10 interview, the archbishop claims that the actions so far taken against McCarrick are chiefly…Continue Reading

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers

Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming * Pope Francis tells top energy executives to act now * Pontiff urges world to heed scientific findings

U.S Bishops Approve the Revised Passage on the Death Penalty for the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults

BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the revised passage on the death penalty for the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults. The full body of bishops approved the revised passage by a vote of 194 to 8 with 3 abstentions at their Spring General Assembly taking place in Baltimore, June 11-14. On August 2, 2018, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released the Holy Father’s revision to the teaching on the…Continue Reading

Democrats Fail to Get Enough Votes to Force Americans to Fund Abortions

House Democrats failed to garner enough support Monday for a measure to force American taxpayers to pay for abortions. The Washington Examiner reports the amendment came from a group of progressive Democrats who want to remove the Hyde Amendment from a Congressional spending bill. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in Medicaid. The Democrats pushing the measure were U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, Barbara Lee, of California, Pramila Jayapal, of Washington, Diana DeGette,…Continue Reading

Cdl Burke, Bp Schneider issue ‘declaration of truths’ to correct rampant ‘doctrinal confusion’ in Church

ROME, June 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, together with several other bishops, have issued a public declaration of truths of the faith to remedy the “almost universal doctrinal confusion and disorientation” endangering the spiritual health and eternal salvation of souls in the Church today

Advertisement(2)

Floral Artist… Heads Back To U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Her Freedom

OLYMPIA — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing floral artist Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take her case after the Washington Supreme Court ruled against her on June 6. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the state High Court’s previous ruling against Stutzman and ordered it to reconsider…Continue Reading

Canada And The Erosion Of Conscience

By DONALD DeMARCO Pro-abortionists have consistently argued that a woman should have the freedom to follow her conscience. Granted that this notion of conscience is incomplete since it may not be properly formed, nonetheless it gave pro-life people the assurance that this right to one’s conscience would protect doctors who are opposed to abortion from…Continue Reading

Are Abortion & Gay Rights American Values?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept my church’s position on abortion as . . . doctrine. Life begins at conception. . . . I just refuse to impose that on others.” For four…Continue Reading

New Vatican Document . . . Says Gender Theory Is “Cultural And Ideological Revolution”

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — A Vatican department has issued a sweeping denunciation of so-called gender theory, and affirmed the principles of human dignity, difference, and complementarity. “In all such [gender] theories, from the most moderate to the most radical, there is agreement that one’s gender ends up being viewed as more important than being of…Continue Reading

Archbishop DiNardo… Accused Of Mishandling Clerical Sexual Misconduct Case

HOUSTON (CNA) — The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has been accused of mishandling an allegation of sexual coercion made against his former vicar general. A Texas woman says that Daniel Cardinal DiNardo permitted the priest, who she says sexually coerced her, to transfer to another diocese and continue in ministry, after she was…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Latest From Fr. Cusick . . . Modesty: A Woman’s Voice

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK For readers following “the tweet hated round the world” story, more on the aftermath in this week’s column. Being removed a degree from Twitter after deactivating my personal account, and looking back at comments on the social media platform, is like being dead. People talk about me in the third person: “We miss him,” “Hope…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the Vatican accord last year to give the Communist regime in Red China a say in the naming of new Catholic bishops, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these trenchant comments in a recent bulletin: “While the Holy See invokes two thousand years of diplomatic experience, China beats…Continue Reading

The Barbarians Have Won

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Deacon Toner has contributed numerous columns to The Catholic Thing, Crisis Magazine, and The Wanderer. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C. This is a two-part article.) + + + Précis: Known as barbarians or heathens, the powerful enemies of the Church are both internal and external. There are many…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Wisdom Of God

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR C) Readings: Prov. 8:22-34 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15   In the first reading today we see the personification of Wisdom. We are told Wisdom was present with God before the Most High began His work of creation. The only way someone could be present with God before “the beginning…Continue Reading

The Joy And Beauty Of Sacrificial Love

By JAMES MONTI There is something profoundly intimate about chapters 13 to 17 of the Gospel of St. John — the apostle’s meticulous account of Our Lord’s Farewell Discourse at the Last Supper. For those who might wonder where the Sacred Heart of Jesus is mentioned in the Gospels, they can find it in these pages. For it is here,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat

By CAROLE BRESLIN The end of the 18th century in France was a time of persecution for the Catholic Church with many priests and religious driven from convents and rectories, and others put to death. As more and more priests were martyred, the Church searched for good young men to replace them. In the history of the Church, there have…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Ferdinand III, King Of Castile

By CAROLE BRESLIN The list of Third Order Franciscans contains some surprising persons. It includes Popes Leo XIII, Pius X, John XXIII, among others. It also includes St. Thomas More, St. Francis de Sales, and a number of royalty such as St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, and St. Louis IX, King of France. In addition,…Continue Reading