Monday, March 30, 2015

The Bipolar Church and Its Spirits

Have you ever puzzled at the worldliness and lack of Christ-centredness of much of our Church? At one time, it's driven by a mania for progressiveness; at another it finds itself joined at the hip to fascistic, murderous regimes -- both modernistic and materialistic. One simultaneously finds both in various places across the vast geographical reach of the Church. Easy targets for conservatives, the progressives are routinely exposed by news sources like ChurchMilitantTV and LifeSiteNews -- for which they deserve credit for their valuable service.

We know, from public confessions of former agents of the communist Soviet security apparatus that the Church was infiltrated by their operatives to promote a leftist "Liberation Theology" during the Cold War. Is that the whole story?  Not so, claims Dr. John C. Rao of The Remnant in a critique of  Fr. Richard John Neuhaus:
He [Neuhaus]  is obliged to do so by the One Thing that all of his First Things really boil down to in the long run: Liberation Theology. His is a Liberation Theology based upon the idea of the unique, profound transformation wrought in the individual and society not through Christ but through the political and economic freedom taught by the British Enlightenment and through the American System. This Liberation Theology he spreads with the prophetic zeal of the Abbe de Lamennais (1782-1854) and a Sophism worthy of the greatest of the ancient Greek opponents of Socrates.
The whole article, The Exotic Liberation Theology of Fr. Neuhaus & Dr. Hitchcock, is a good starting point for an investigation into why many Catholics seem to dance from one foot to another, without ever entering the "narrow gate".

So, the ideology is there. What about the spies? Was the KGB alone in placing agents in western institutions? The CIA makes this admission to Frances Stonor Saunders, writing for The Independent:
This was the "long leash". The centrepiece of the CIA campaign became the Congress for Cultural Freedom, a vast jamboree of intellectuals, writers, historians, poets, and artists which was set up with CIA funds in 1950 and run by a CIA agent. It was the beach-head from which culture could be defended against the attacks of Moscow and its "fellow travellers" in the West. At its height, it had offices in 35 countries and published more than two dozen magazines
Her article, Modern Art Was CIA 'Weapon', is expanded on by Miles Mathis in his article From Theosophy to the Beat Generation -- a very dark story indeed and a warning to those seeking to free themselves of the left/right charade.

So, the CIA was quite busy in manufacturing 'Western Culture' as a weapon against communism, ostensibly, but ultimately as a tool of totalitarian control. Was the Church untouched by this plan? Is the pro-life movement free of paid political influence? Are family advocates being duped by neo-cons bearing gifts? Whose "Liberation Theology" sits astride your patch of the "New Evangelization"?

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