CAN WE REALLY CALL OURSELVES CIVILIZED?
This has been a century of incredible developments in all fields of human
endeavour. We, the privileged of the Western world, have gained a measure
of individual freedom unmatched in any other time in the history of mankind.
In fifty years, our technology has progressed more than in the 1949 years
that preceded them. We have walked on the moon. We can now travel anywhere
in the world in very little time; we have vanquished diseases that were
killing millions of us every year;
and material comfort has never been so great. Yet...
We need only reflect briefly on our way of life to see just how terribly we
have regressed morally. We are in fact back to the barbaric pagan times of
the Aztecs, that highly developed Mexican civilization conquered by the
Spaniards. We have even gone one
better: to kill at both ends of life through abortion and euthanasia. Even
though they may carry new names, these are still crimes which are committed
to satisfy our own gods - money, comfort, pleasure, power, "liberty."
The history of the 16th century Aztecs is often described in glowing terms
for their perceived refined culture - a perception, however, that belies the
barbaric nature of a society over which Satan exercised unimaginable evil
power. Thus, we know from archived documents that during a dedication
ceremony of a temple to their god, these highly admired people killed 80,000
victims in an orgy of blood which lasted four days. That is, 80,000 men,
women and children disemboweled and their hearts torn out while they were
still alive. Some 50,000 were likewise offered in sacrifice each year. One
child in five was sacrificed. Aren`t we forced to admit that the Aztec
society very much resembled ours?
As is the case with Western civilization today, Aztec society had made
tremendous progress in mathematics, astronomy, architecture and in
engineering, but had not progressed in the virtues which mark us as truly
human beings. The invading Spaniards put an end to human sacrifices, but
our society has revived these massacres of innocent babies which vastly
surpasses in cruelty the mayhem of the Aztecs. Just try defending, for
instance, the act of plunging scissors into the backs of heads of live
entire torsos are outside their mothers` wombs and then sucking out that
child`s brains - as is currently legally done in partial-birth abortions.
The paganism of the Aztecs has been replaced by secular humanism which
worships at the altar of the Almighty Self. This selfish creed has
supplanted Christian-inspired principles and has imposed its social doctrine
on Western society for the past four
decades. It has succeeded in making us think what the great "advances" of
the 20th century are: acceptability of abortion at any time for whatever
reason; homosexual practice, mechanical or chemical birth control, and
euthanasia. Moreover, these
enlightened architects of the new moral order have succeeded in both
marginalizing those with Christian faith beliefs and excluding them from the
debate on these vital social issues.
Secularism rejects the absolute standards and moral foundations of the
Christian faith by persuading people to build new structures which make
legal what is evil. Pope John Paul calls it building structures for a
Culture of Death. So far, that culture`s most horrendous victory is
legalizing the killing of children in their mothers` wombs.
The 20th century unquestionably ranks as mankind`s most violent and vicious
epoch, thanks largely to secular ideologies like Communism, and the secular
public ethics of liberalism. Many Catholics - and this regretfully appears
to include a good number of priests and bishops - seem totally unaware that
society has descended into a new paganism, a tragic godlessness that`s even
more barbaric than that of ancient times.
Let`s not mince words! We are at war. It is a "culture war" rather than the
shooting variety. Its victims are the 60 million unborn babies slaughtered
each year throughout the world, sadly much of it aided and abetted by the
United Nations. To many Christians it is becoming clear that its outcome
will be the inevitable demise of our civilization. Already we are witnessing
the rotten fruits of relentless war against children. Throughout Europe, in
1996, there were 700,000 more deaths than births. Europe is in fact filling
more coffins than cradles. Of the 35 countries in Europe only little Malta
is truly reproductive.
Canadian civilization, under what has been touted as enlightened political
leadership, has legalized murder and called it choice. Every year we
taxpayers contribute financially to the murder of more than 100,000 of our
future citizens in a fashion no
different from that practiced by the Aztecs some five centuries ago.
In the name of pride, many now parade their sexual perversions up and down
the streets of our major cities, while newspaper editors and TV news anchors
smile and tell us this is progress. Marriage is disposable, chastity is
scorned, fidelity scoffed at while
Christian people who protest injustices are held up for scorn, ridiculed and
even imprisoned. Freedom has become just another word for licentiousness
Former U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, several years ago brushed a grim
reality of North American civilization. Its decadence was evidenced by the
30% of children born out of wedlock - about a quadrupling in 25 years; the
highest teenage pregnancy rates - about double other industrialized
countries; and divorce almost as common as marriage. He rightfully stated
that we can measure the moral health of a society by the way it treats it
most weak and defenceless. He unequivocally warned of the implications to
any society legalizing the slaughter of its most innocent citizens - its
own unborn children.
Let us pray with renewed fervour to our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of
the unborn, and ask her help in driving abortion back to Hell in the same
manner she helped stop human sacrifices in 16th century Mexico. Until then
we in North America will forever remain citizens of officially uncivilized