On the “Dying” of Europe

The striking opening sentence of an essay by Bret Stephens in the October 19, Wall Street Journal reads: “The death of Europe is in sight.” But what precisely is dying? We recall Belloc’s famous “Europe is the faith and the faith is Europe,” except that most of Europe has lost that faith that made Europe. “Re-evangelization” and the “New” Evangelization have had little impact. So is it still “Europe”?

Eric Voegelin, in Science, Politics, and Gnosticism, remarked that the origin of modern ideology lies in a lack of courage, in a loss of faith of Christian men in the reality of the transcendent order as presented in that faith. This subsequent ideology causes the death of an Europe unwilling to preserve what it is.

A prosperous Europe, in its own confusion, is literally “invaded,” predominantly by Muslims from various failed states. We look at the pathetic decline in European birthrate, itself a sign of serious spiritual disorder.

What replaced the old European nations, Christendom, was a secular humanism devoted to a “universalism” that sought to downplay or rid itself of its Christian heritage. In many ways, it has “peacefully” accomplished this purging. The Church itself in old European lands seems confused and open to the doctrines of this humanism, as the recent Synod on the Family often demonstrated.

In a remarkable essay, “The Love of One’s Own and the Importance of Place,” George Friedman wrote: “Dying for a regime dedicated to the pursuit of happiness makes no sense. Dying for the love of one’s own makes a great deal of sense. But the modern understanding of man has difficulty dealing with this idea. Instead it wants to abolish war, banish war as an atavism or at least brand war as primitive and unnatural. This may all be true, but it should be noted that war simply won’t go away. Neither will the love of one’s own and all that follows from it.” We might say that war continues because its Kantian abolition ultimately implies that there is no distinction between good and evil in our lives. It is against this latter doctrine that good men will still fight – if they can.

Men-Without-Chests

What Friedman recalls here is that the modern state is built on the centralization of power and the absorption of all “lesser” communities, including religion, into its orbit. It ends with an absolute “diversity,” a no-hate-speech doctrine that no longer allows the most fundamental human questions even to be broached within its projected worldwide confines.

In Seeing Things Politically, Pierre Manent wrote: “The political body that was proper to Europe was the nation, the nation as mediator of universals – the Church and then humanity….European democratic universalism shades into nihilism; it is the fulfillment of nihilism. It consists in saying: Europe is nothing other and wants to be nothing other than pure universal humanism.”

Such universal “humanism” sees itself as existing above all national, cultural, or religious differences. Hence, it does not allow their expression, as that would “offend” the purity of “humanity.” This “humanity” is a logical concept. Only particular and different things actually exist and have life.

Benedict XVI, in his conversation with Peter Sewald (The Light of the World ), put it this way: “People say for the sake of negative tolerance [i.e. “not offending anyone”] there must be no crucifix in public buildings. With that we are basically experiencing the abolition of tolerance, for it means, after all, that religion, that the Catholic faith is no longer allowed to express itself visibly.” This is the Averroist position.

Europe has now also built itself on a “proposition”: The state coercively denies any presence in the public order of a “private” realm. Articles of peace require the state to deny speech or organization of any view that might cause unsettlement in any citizen’s soul. Instead of a continent of different nations and peoples, we are left with a soul-less state that cares for little else but to be left undisturbed in its prosperity by any “transcendent” issues that might undermine individual souls or civic peace.

What is particularly heinous in Europe is “fundamentalism.” This latter is mainly a code word for anyone still unenlightened enough to maintain the distinction between good and evil. Such people are “rigid,” that is, they think it makes a difference what one believes. This is the one group that will not be “tolerated.”

Obviously, this approach postulates new “rights” that guarantee the purpose of the abstract state’s “humanism.” The new “European” man is cleansed of all the variety that made him worthy of interest. But this new man, since he is an abstraction, is incapable of dying. Only men and women die. Likewise, only men and women beget. Bad ideas do not “die.” Either they are seen as erroneous and rejected or as enticing and put into the world. Of the “dying Europe,” requiescat in pace.

James V. Schall, S.J.

James V. Schall, S.J.

James V. Schall, S.J., who served as a professor at Georgetown University for thirty-five years, is one of the most prolific Catholic writers in America. Among his recent books are The Mind That Is Catholic, The Modern Age, Political Philosophy and Revelation: A Catholic Reading, Reasonable Pleasures, Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught, and Catholicism and Intelligence.

  • Tom Williams

    I appreciate your very clear understanding and explanation of the mindset driving the culture, not only European, but the whole world. The declining number of people who can see and do anything about where this mindset is taking humanity is what concerns me. Particularly when this mindset is embraced by the highest levels of authority in The Church.
    God is not unaware of where this self will run riot mentality will take us.
    My question is how long does humanity have to suffer under such bondage?
    My personal feeling is that the suffering has just begun. Pray pray and pray some more my fellow Catholics.

    • kathleen

      I feel certain that most, if not all, of the posters on this site pray every day. And many attend Mass daily, receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and read Scripture often, if not, daily. I believe we need to promote Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes. Pray the Rosary daily, and promote First Friday and First Saturday devotions. Witness wherever and whenever. Nothing else will do.

  • Manfred

    Excellent, Father. Thank you for your scholarship and clarity of thought.

    • Faithful Catholic

      If only Pope Francis had some of Father’s clarity of thought which resulted in clarity of teaching.

  • DeaconEdPeitler

    It’s time to print up invitations to the funeral. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hold a funeral procession with the cortege filing down the Champs Elysee to the Place de la Concorde where it all began?

    But, then again, this would not be permitted in the present order.

  • samton909

    Contraception is killing Europe

  • grump

    The death of Europe is a precursor to the death of America as we know it. We white guys had a good run, but looks like our day is over. The gates are wide open to the invading hordes. Caucasians should have spent more time in the bedroom than the boardroom.

    • gsk

      I think plenty of time has been spent in the bedroom, but unfortunately in sterile pursuits.

  • Oscar Pierce

    Powerful… thank you! It seems obvious that such a “non-entity,” Orwellian state is the course that many in academia and government here in America pursue.

  • givelifeachance2

    The same spectre haunts the USA. Congress and university presidents roll over for Planned Parenthood. Citizens, in the name of diversity, elect and reelect and even bestow iconic status (“Obamacare”) on an individual fully funded by the very same mercantilist sect that put African slaves in chains hundreds of years ago. The stench of aborted corpses may fall short of that from the concentration camp, but their sheer number, and the pain suffered before death, is far in excess. Even more troubling, the Temple of Eugenics is being painstakingly built, one homosex useful idiot “Obamaparent” at a time, right on top of the Grave of the Family.

    • Orion

      It is no surprise that the institution of the family is at the center of this civilizational crisis. As Sister Lucy (the Fatima visionary) said: “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.”

  • xabi kiano

    I’m hoping someone at TCT is carefully cataloging Schall’s essays with an eye to publishing a thematic collection about modernity & post-modernity from the perspective of Catholic political theology. Though succinct, each article is remarkably insight-rich (Fortin-esque?). Nice one, Fr. Schall, frankly quite blessed to count myself as one of your “digital students”.

  • The barely orthodox V2 document on Religious Liberty which provided another impetus for the secularization of nations has had a pernicious effect across the board. And we can’t even begin to recover until we own up to that. Religion has been privatized.

    • Orion

      I agree. Christ has been given all authority on earth, in heaven, and under the earth. The social teaching of the Church is based on this belief in Christ the King, who rules not only over our hearts but society as well. Woe to nations that fail to honor our Lord and instead attempt to order society against the law of God and the natural law. Viva Cristo Rey!

  • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

    What you say is the rationale for John Paul II opposing the entry of Turkey into the European Union and Benedict XVI questioning the legitimacy of Islam’s message. You refer to Ibn Rushd [Averroes] who was one of the few and great Islamic philosophers who reasoned that separation of Islamic belief from rational accommodation to the world was the solution to Islamic stridency and intolerance. Ibn Rushd was censured and banished from his home in Cordoba to Morocco. When I studied in Europe the dramatic decline in Christian practice if not belief was evident in every country I visited. That left a spiritual vacuum for still strident and intolerant Islam. One author said Muslims need not be concerned about conquering France by force of arms. They will do it by population.

    • Germainecousin

      You are I fear absolutely right. However the Catholic church, most especially Pope Francis will be held accountable by history. He told Europe to welcome with open arms the vast crowds of migrants arriving in southern Europe, a good and noble Christian sentiment. He did not exhort Europe to convert and one can only believe what one sees with ones eyes, but going on what I have seen in the UK and Ireland, Islam will take over and Ireland will probably be the first to go.

  • augury

    The idea that Europeans are self-exorcising themselves of either ancient clan or pan European identities is false. Europeans deeply revere their heritage, Continental and particular. A big part of the present European apostasy is exactly the apotheosis of cultural heritage. What the opinion makers in Europe want to exorcise is that part of their past defined by triumphalism, undergirded by Europe’s banksters and “ military industrial complex,” that caused such bloodshed in the nationalist era. As this article unwittingly reveals, nothing threatens the American neo-conservative project like a pacifist Europe. But perhaps instead of killing off or excommunicating the whole continent we might recognize that Europe’s legacy of nationalist blood-letting is every bit as alien to the Word as the humanism Europe is trying to replace Him with.

    • RainingAgain

      The bloodshed hasn’t stopped, it’s just been diverted against the unborn, the old, the disabled or any other vulnerable sector you might care to mention. And the logical result of current immigration policy will be to convert Europe into a gigantic “Syria” accompanied by war of all against all.

  • Rick

    My reply would only further depress everyone here. I will see you all at the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) this weekend. It should be a good show.

  • Michael Dowd

    Thanks Father Schall. The worst part is the leadership of the Catholic Church has become part of the problem by joining the “humanitarian” forces all the climate changers, income redistributors, divorce facilitators, populations controllers, while neglecting the reasons Christ gave them for their existence. For the future of the Catholic Church we must look to Africa.

  • Eleanor Marie

    I suppose that Europe was dying prior to the recent refugee/migrant crisis. I wonder how these are related.

    • Orion

      There are powerful, maybe inexorable, demographic forces at work. Europe is aging, depopulating, and very wealthy. Africa and other adjacent areas are young, fecund, and poor. Nature abhors a vacuum and lots of young, poor people from developing countries are moving to the nearby rich but depopulating countries. This is one way of looking at the situation from a practical perspective.

  • Francis Miller

    Thank you Fr. Schall for your insights and your facility to express them. No faithful person can look at Europe and not see evidence of which you speak. I have firmly believed that the blind spot of progressive humanism is that it based on the premise that it offers the culmination of human intellectual and social growth. therefore it will tolerate no deviation (or deviants). But the faithful are not alone and we remember that the Caesars were no friend to the deviants of their times for a several centuries. We look with great anxiety at what is coming but not without faith.

  • Rene

    “Such people are rigid.” Did not we hear those words used to accuse the so called doctrinaires during the Synod on the Family? What does that suggest about the accuser?

  • Alicia

    Besides conquering by war, Muslims conquer the infidels (non-Muslims ) by moving in peacefully in sufficient numbers and then taking over.
    A German friend told us that this summer, in a Swiss supermarket, a Swiss employee saw a Muslim woman touching and applying pressure on all the fruits. She told the woman politely that she was not allowed to do that. The Muslim woman turned on her furiously and said to her ” In 5 years you won’t be able to say that to me .”
    Draw your own conclusions.

    • Orion

      I am afraid that Europe’s current disarray in dealing with immigration and demographic issues may lead to civil conflict or war during my children’s lifetime. One commentator described the situation (to paraphrase) as the world’s politest culture (Europe) acquiescing to the world’s most aggressive culture (Islam). I expect the Europeans eventually will not take it any more, but what will they be able to do when their societies are 15%, 20%, 25% or more muslim? You can’t just deport them. Many or most will have been born in those European countries. You can’t send them “back” to Morocco or Turkey or Africa. For now Europeans try to make themselves feel good (i.e., show they are not racist) by letting in lots of migrants, but at some point they will regret it and then what?

      • Evangeline1031

        Has France benefited? They seem to have the lead in this. How goes it there?

  • PCB

    “(T)he dramatic decline in Christian practice if not belief” in Europe, as observed herein by Fr. Morello, reflects my own saddening observations during recent pilgrimages to the great cathedrals and religious sites in France and in Rome/Vatican City. However, my observations, based on intimate and prolonged social encounters with the people of these two countries, suggested that the intensity with which national culture and character plays in forming their personal identities and world-view remains as strong perhaps as at any period in history, as suggested by Augury’s response that, “Europeans deeply revere their heritage, Continental and particular.” I might suggest that the individuals within the individual European countries making up the EU (based on my admittedly small sample of only France and Italy), are more nationalistic presently than they were in most of period during the pre-EU twentieth-century Europe, although currently they are certainly more homogenous and highly inter-dependent economically. However, this time-immemorial one body/many parts, European Continent, was perhaps more secure in its freedom to move about independently beneath the tightly weaved, loose fitting fabric of the seamless robe of Christianity than it is now, wrapped tightly within the narrowly-sized, many and poorly stitched patch-work quilt of the EU, and without the risk of at any moment, coming apart at the seams.

  • Orion

    I’m an American living in Europe, and I believe Fr. Schall does a good job of diagnosing the situation. My reading of history — and this is not very original — is that Europeans got tired of centuries of war and conflict. They made an implicit (or maybe explicit?) deal with each other not to believe anything any more, so there won’t be any conflict. Peace at any price, so to speak. In the modern era, Europeans got exhausted by wars of religion (e.g., the English Civil War, Hussite wars, the 30 Years’ War, etc.) and wars of nation state-building and ideology (e.g., the French Revolution, Napoleon’s wars, the formation of Italy & Germany, WW1, WW2, etc.). They were horrified by what they did to themselves in the world wars. So, the post-1945 and especially post-communist era has been characterized by leveling, trying to eliminate differences and points of conflict. Let’s all agree to just get along. In other words, a society characterized by people incapable of making a “distinction between good and evil,” as Fr. Schall says.

    • Evangeline1031

      What a thought-provoking comment. I never thought of it that way. It makes it harder to just dislike Europeans for throwing away Christianity with both hands.

    • I agree. I’m from France.

  • Bill Brady

    My thought is it is more a killing of Europe. WWI and WWII played a huge part in killing Europe. Communism, socialism, capitalism and belief in God do not mix. Something had to give as the old saying goes. It is to the everlasting shame of Europe that Christ was once again crucified. It would have turned out differently if a hand full of bishops and cardinals had stepped forward to take Christ’s place. It is still not too late as the trumpets have not yet sounded.

  • Veritas

    The great irony is that Europe might still be saved, not by the “enlightened” west, but by the formerly communist east. Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Hungary etc and not the least, Russia stand against the suicidal tendencies of their cousins These states do not carry the shame of their national and cultural identity, they embrace it for the values that it represents. Maybe having fought to save it from the oppression of the 20th century, they see it for the treasure it is. We can only hope…

    • Orion

      As a resident of a post-communist Eastern European country, I agree. Although the material standard of living is lower here and atheism is common, I don’t think I’d want to live in one of the “more enlightened” Western European countries. The post-communist countries did not experience the Sexual Revolution that swept the West starting in the early 1960s. Although abortion and contraception were (and still are) common and women were pushed into the work force by the communists, these countries were not exposed to the corrosive consumerism, hedonism and individualism of the West, and therefore remain relatively conservative in their understanding of gender roles and family. I just hope that the EU, the UN, and other transnational forces do not impose the new sexual order here. Hungary’s recent embrace of an explicitly Christian constitution is particularly inspiring. Would that all nations turn to God and order society according to his Law!

  • Evangeline1031

    Great commentary. I wonder, do the Europeans realize at all that they are on the road to Hell, and also, that Hell may come while they are alive since they are aggressively importing the population that is going to replace them, muslims.

  • Phinlee

    Excellent commentary . I would like to recommend a book written by Edward Norman titled Secularization. It breaks down in detail the entire problem as seen through the eyes of an Anglican.

  • Jane Galt

    Pope Francis in his homily in Florence said he wants the church to embody “Christian humanism”. What is the difference between universal humanism and Christian humanism as discussed by Pope Francis?

    • JohnnyCuredents

      There simply is none, Jane; that is the problem, isn’t it? The forces that drive many of the speeches and homilies of Pope Francis are many and varied, but one thing they frequently are not is Catholic. This is one of those occasions. I can think of no other recent pope so thoroughly secular in his outlook.

      • FreemenRtrue

        I do believe Fr. Schall is making this point for all I could think of while reading his essay was Francis.

      • Greg

        Of course there is a difference, JohnnyCuredents.

        Universal humanism proclaims a set of goods as good for everyone, all human beings, with no orientation toward or grounding in the Christian mysteries. The conversation stops at truth, justice, freedom, and love, with no reference to God or Christ.

        Christian humanism proclaims a set of goods as good for everyone, all human beings, from the foundation of the Christian reality, as mysterious as it might be to others and ourselves. The conversation is around the same set of goods, i.e. truth, justice, freedom, and love, but the normative and absolute reference is God, as revealed to us throughout human history.

        This the more honest answer to your question, Jane.

        And unlike others, who want to make this moment a polemic against the papacy of Francis, our Pope is not proclaiming something that has no reference to God, His Son, or the Spirit. Its disingenuous at least, insolent at its worst, to suggest otherwise.

        • StatusQrow

          Here’s a disingenuous and insolent observation for you: even the Devil can quote Scripture. That Francis is “not proclaiming something that has no reference to God, His Son, or the Spirit” is beside the point. This Pope is every bit as divisive as our so-called President.

          • Greg

            Of course it is the point. He is the vicar of Christ, and the conversation was about whether or not the gospel he preaches is authentic.

            In any event, divisiveness is not a disqualifier for truthfulness.

            And of course you mean to suggest he is the Devil, or an agent of the devil, or some such insolent thing. You just want to hide behind equivocation.

          • StatusQrow

            “…divisiveness is not a disqualifier for truthfulness…”

            Depends on what’s being divided. In Luke 12:51, Jesus asks “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

            In Matthew 12:25, though, He says “Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

            To avoid the further appearance of equivocation, let me make it crystal clear: I believe Francis is causing division in the second sense, above.

            To the extent that we are all sinners each of us is, in a sense, “an agent of the devil.” The question is whether we are knowing or unknowing agents. I will not, at this juncture, accuse Francis of being a willing agent of the devil; yet he seems a repeated agent of division.

            As far as his being “the vicar of Christ’ goes…The bishops of the world are also vicars—of the Apostles. That did not stop the bishops of England from signing, to a man (with the sole exception of St. John Fisher) the Oath of Supremacy of 1534, recognizing Henry VIII, not the Pope, as supreme head of the Church in England.

            Not even the Pope is above criticism.

          • Greg

            A wonderfully worthless bit of exegesis.

            Criticism and insolence are not the same. There is room for criticism in engagement, but there is no place for insolence in dialogue. Insolence doesn’t acknowledge points of agreement; it doesn’t allow another perspective may have something truthful to offer; and, it never resolves differences, it only increases them. In a word, insolence is divisive.

            You offer no acknowledgment toward the truthfulness of what Francis preaches, you allow for no difference in perspective, and you do not seek to resolve difficulties. On the contrary, you increase division with insolent suggestions and comments.

            Now, who is the divisive agent of the devil? Oh, and now that I’ve brought that irony to your attention, does that make you a knowing agent of the devil, if you continue to be divisive? Ouch.

        • JohnnyCuredents

          Thanks for the reply, but I never said there was no difference as you seem to imply. What I did say was in answer to this question from Jane: “What is the difference between universal humanism and Christian humanism as discussed by Pope Francis?” The operative part of her query is “as discussed by Pope Francis.” The rest of what I wrote makes it clear that was the question in my mind when I said, “There simply is none….”

          If anyone is involved in polemics at this moment for or against the papacy of Francis it is surely Francis himself. He is the one who…”stops at truth, justice, freedom, and love, with no reference to God or Christ” as he did on occasion when in the US recently. And, despite your assertion, it is neither disingenuous nor insolent to engage him, to question him about this. In fact, the pope has suggested that such an engagement is what he is seeking.

          • Greg

            Thanks for the lesson in grammar parsing, but it makes no difference to what you said, or what you say you mean, even in your second go at it, and where I disagree with you.

            Francis’ behaviour as a person, his way of being a priest, and his papacy all clearly give witness to the fundamental truths revealed by Christ and the possibility of salvation for each of us. Everything he says, everything he does points to these Christian realities.

            Engage all you like, and no doubt Francis would invite the same. But there is such a thing as going too far, such as when you say much of what he does is not Catholic. This is far from the truth.

  • One area Fr. Schall might have overlooked is Europe’s soccer stadiums. Nationalism seems to be alive and well at a soccer game. Lots of hate and racism especially during Champions League matches.

  • Rowena Suryobroto

    I think Europe should be the ‘new Asia’ in evangelization term. It might sound funny, but right now Asian Catholic is still struggling from the idea of combining universal church (Roman/ European culture) to the Asian values. While it may be easy to talk about in some forums out there, it is a continuous struggle in Asia countries, such as mine, Indonesia. The accepted liturgy in Europe, is not that accepted here, and somehow the liturgy council located in Vatican is not exactly welcome to the idea.

    Well, I think Europe is facing the same issue but different situation. The values held by Europeans now is science and logical and empirical conclusions. But I think the values remain: love and accepting other people, as seen from the recent welcoming activities toward Syrians escapees. I think it’s true in the community level although individuals might not be so receptive due to fear etc. However, this act shows that Europe is not far off than its Christian predecessors. They just need a new evangelization techniques: understand how they react toward things, making Christianity’s arguments acceptable to their ideas and logic.

    Is it difficult? Sure as hell, but I think if it succeeds, the reward will be sweet as heaven. There are people coming to Europe, people from all over the world, all religions. If we believe that a majority religion of a country can change others’ religion faster than a minority can change the majority, so Europe is the hope of Christianity.

    All with the help of God.

    • Evangeline1031

      But you have pointed out the problem for Christianity right now, everywhere. Christianity’s arguments cannot be made acceptable to the ideas and logic of others. They must come to it, not the other way around. If there is an adjustment, it must be on the part of the recipient. Muslims are not likely at all to convert, far from it.

      • Rowena Suryobroto

        Christianity throughout history has made improvements to find new ways to get to people in their own time and situations. I would like to point out to the challenges that our missionaries had when trying to send the Good News to China and Japan. They have their own understanding that completely different to Christianity and for general people, easier to understand: respect your parents, if you do evil you will get the punishment in the world (karma). But they made it through somehow.

        Why moslems are not likely to convert? I think we are seeing a trend here where their voices are loud and therefore we turn our head toward them. I can mention a number of moslems that found Jesus is far more interested than their teachings. I believe there will come the time when moslems would agree that their ways are harder and illogical and not so easy to understand — and the next best thing is Christianity, after all we have one same God.

        But I think we face more difficulties dealing with the atheists/ scientists and agnostics. When I read their books, I feel the debate between atheists and religious is like watching a debate on strategy between an army general and a ship commander. Both of them base their own arguments on different landscape, one is on land and the other is on sea. We – the Christians – need to understand the same landscape if we want to win the heart and brain of the atheists/agnostics.

  • Quo Vadis

    After 2 devastating wars Europeans worked hard to rebuild their countries and then something happened. They decided they needed a break. More state benefits for the masses. More programs, hoildays, support, socialized medicine, etc. The end result has been high employment, low birth rates and high taxes with countries and governments now unable to sustain what they have created.

    Populations walked away from their traditional Christian values towards the easy secular life focused on themselves. The US has been able to avoid this turn but unfortunately, this disease has come to our shores and will have the same result if not stopped.

    Europe believe it can stall the crisis by importing a working class of migrants to do the work and replace the workforce . “Do the work that Europeans don’t want to do perhaps” ? Now where have we heard that before ?

    This workforce do not want to be Europeans and assimilate.

    • Evangeline1031

      As an American, I can assure Europe this will not end well. They have this little bit of time to say no and mean it. For France, Germany, it is probably too late. 9/11 changed everything, or should have. The lessons to be learned from it seem impossible for liberals to learn. Islam is incompatible with life in any Western nation. How anyone can come to any other conclusion is madness and denial. You are right to try to maintain your nation as it has always been. To import invaders is cultural insanity. They will not assimilate into your culture. Ask Paris how it has worked out.
      What kind of world do you want to hand down to your children and grandchildren.

  • paolo

    It’s completely true:I live in Italy

  • Dhaniele

    Here it is not irrelevant to quote Psalm 125:3: “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.” This also is the message of Fatima. It is a consoling truth but also a call to prayer filled action. Not for nothing has Pope Francis dedicated his pontificate specifically to Our Lady of Fatima.

  • monica

    Remember, if Christians have the right to express their Faith openly — so do satanists.

  • FreemenRtrue

    Yes Father, by humanism is God replaced with government; government which ‘socializes’, ‘collectivizes’, and assimilates all power to itself, and all this while the very gender of humans is dispelled by humanism. And all this without speaking of each individual’s gifts as given by our Creator who made us all precisely unequal and unique. When one reads in exorcisms about the suppression of lesser demons by superior demons into an ever more restricted state of being and torment it seems to echo the future unfolding before us,

  • Greg

    This is a sweeping theoretical diagnosis of the problem.

    A few questions, if I may: What is the prescription? What does that prescription look and act like, in situ? And, what is the Church’s role in activating or catalyzing your prescription?

    Another question, too, please: What was the Church’s role in the decline, outlined so succinctly above?

    If we are going to be critical, we need to self-critical as well, if there is to be any integrity to this probing, whatsoever. It would be refreshing to see an esteemed Churchman stand up and acknowledge the Church’s role in the decline of Christendom.

  • bernie

    A succinct and wrenching summary by that great thinker we all love to hear from. Neither should we forget “Progress and Religion”, C. Dawson, 1929. It is the handbook on all of this and is still very much in print. For me, the last few lines of Fr. Schall’s article are the most telling summary – Like reading Plato or Socrates.

  • StatusQrow

    At the risk of being called a fundamentalist myself, I hold with unswerving conviction:

    Allah is not Abba!

    I challenge anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, to produce a shred of evidence to the contrary.

    Europe may have been dying. It is now committing suicide. I was about to refer anyone who doubts the truth of it to see the 19-minute video “With Open Gates;” but though I watched it less than 4 hours ago, on Breitbart, it has already been scrubbed from all sites, including YouTube.

    Ferguson, Missouri, was a Boy Scout Jamboree, compared to the wholesale looting, raping, beating and rioting visited by the hordes invading Europe on the pretext that they are refugees. I thought of Kristalnacht as I watched it.

    If you were among those who caught the video, you witnessed what I believe our president has wanted to see happening in this country. And without much prayer, humility, holiness and vigilance, it just may sooner than we think.



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