And Now This

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The police in Cologne have been criticized. So have the police in Stuttgart and Hamburg. The German media have been criticized. The Justice Minister spoke of “organized crime.” (Though it appeared to me to be badly organized.) The Chancellor’s office was offended by the presumption that any wrongdoer might be a recent refugee claimant. This because of rumors that they had been criticized.

And all this because of people out on the streets of those cities, and others, in the night following 31st December, wishing Frohes Neues Jahr to each other across their various cultural divides.

It took the state broadcaster, and other media, three days to report the story. Instead, they had reported “no incidents” that night. I suppose, like the police, they were short-staffed. And how, anyway, could it interest anyone that so many young men “of Arab or North African appearance” had been out and about in the middle of Cologne, around the ancient Cathedral and, we now learn, so many other German cities (and their respective cathedrals).

With firecrackers, I gather, it started in Cologne. The young men “of Arab or North African appearance” were firing them directly into the crowds of German-looking revelers. But few injuries came of this.

And in what followed, I gather, few women were actually raped. Most only received “unwanted touching,” from up to thirty at a time of these young men. In the account of one, only a few hundred unwanted touches, as she screamed and thrashed and fought her way out of the railway station. (There have been no arrests.)

The new mayor of Cologne, a lady elected on the strength of her credentials as a kind, tolerant, refugee-loving person, blamed the women. They must not have known how to behave. They need a “code of conduct” to avoid unpleasant incidents with the 1.1 million and counting freshly-arrived “new Germans” – overwhelmingly young men of military age.

But then, others criticized the new mayor of Cologne.

I sympathize with her. It is hard these days to assuage one politically correct group, without somehow irritating another. I would have just advised the young, German-looking women not to go out for New Year’s, for the rest of their lives.

From what I can see, through my murky German, they are having a kind of orgy of criticism across the country, now that the story is officially out. A great deal of it has been directed at Pegida (the acronym from the German for, “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”). Even before they’d had a chance to say or do anything, they were blamed.

To the liberal mind, which is functionally insane, the refugees cannot be the cause of any trouble; it is the people who don’t like them.

Cologne Cathedral, 1945 (click to expand)

Perhaps, if this story has legs – and it appears to have many hundred thousand – we are merely watching the development of an “Arab Spring,” for Europe. Which is to say, great crowds of rather bored, horny young men, seeking to express themselves in their unique cultural ways. Another manifestation, one might say, of “democracy.”

Europe “disintegrated” herself in two World Wars as the result of crowds, demonstrating for hope or change or whatever; finally converted into crowds of troops, one national group storming another. What is so different in this case? Perhaps it is only a (very European) World War Three?

Except, I’m not sure those “old Europeans” have the stomach for it any more. Every piece of punditry I’ve struggled to read in the German media strikes me as an option for surrender. After strike three, the Muslims win.

Except, we’re not supposed to call them “Muslims.” It sounds so “racist” in its specificity. Better to describe them as, “of Arab or North African appearance.” Or someone might come up with a better euphemism, to free these poor people from the truth of what they are.

An affront to the ideals of multiculturalism, at the least. A rude reply to the question, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

That is, more or less, the slogan of contemporary “white” Germany. A form of arrogant humility, expressed in an exaggerated, false politeness. The culture of those who are rich, and lack heirs, and are puzzled when they discover that they are being ritually mugged.

As a Canadian, I can smell this disease. It is our national social culture, too. It is what has replaced Christianity, as the ethos of that culture. It is the ethos of “niceness.” It is founded in a stubborn refusal to face hard facts; and its reaction, when the facts explode, is quite unpredictable. This because there has never been a generation so free of commitment, purpose, common sense; nor so incapable of moral self-government.

It is said, by the paranoical, that Islam is overrunning Christendom. But this is not true. The great majority in the latter realm are not Christian at all: only post-Christians, with seriously deformed “former” Christian attitudes. It is inconceivable that a continent of Christians would have let themselves be invaded by Saracens. They would have fought.

This is because, at the most primal level, a Christian knows that he is a Christian, as opposed to something else. His identity is not up for negotiation. He stands for something, and may stand down from cowardice, but hardly from confusion over his identity. The old Christian Europe, for all its internal squabbles, intended to remain Christian.

History happens, over time. Those last two World Wars were themselves ultimately a product of the loss of Christian faith, over centuries preceding; the loss of Christian identity and its replacement with secular, national ideals.

The new post-Christian Europe hasn’t a clue. Pegida itself doesn’t know what it stands for: it is itself part of a fully “secularized” Europe, and the term “patriotic European” is merely fascist. There never was a Europe to be patriotic to. There was a Europe that was Christian, and now this.

David Warren

David Warren

David Warren is a former editor of the Idler magazine and columnist in Canadian newspapers. He has extensive experience in the Near and Far East. His blog, Essays in Idleness, is now to be found at:

  • Andrew

    You know, the meek shall inherit the earth, and the only thing in the world more meek then bowing down to the almighty five times a day is standing up for the God who’s, “Strength is perfected in weakness.”

  • Michael Dowd

    If you can’t be Christian, be nice and/or if you can’t be nice, be Christian. Nice is tolerance (of evil). Nice is surrender (to evil). Nice is refusal to see the truth (self delusion). Nice is from the devil.. If change is to begin, it must begin by admitting the reality of things. The reality of things is Christianity. Without Christianity hope is not possible. This is the message Pope Francis should be communicating to everyone especially the Europeans. The problem is Pope Francis is too nice to do this. Let us pray for divine intervention.

    • Parish Padre

      “Nice” – Not Inclined to Confront Evil/Error. Yes, pretty much sums it up.

  • I’m an American who has lived in Germany for over twenty-five years, so of course I have been following the national reaction to events in Cologne (and Stuttgart and Hamburg) quite closely.

    David Warren is right, and the politically correct elite has, for the moment, the upper hand. However, refugees continue to flood into Germany from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

    It’s only a matter of time, in my opinion, before the elite has to face the fact that the more refugees that enter the country, the more problems they will create, and the more Germans will be attracted to right-wing movements like the already influential – if not powerful – Pegida.

  • bernie

    Wow, did you nail it with this one. Great essay! Especially that line, “The
    culture of those who are rich, and lack heirs”. It showed an
    insight that is incomprehensible to so many Europeans today, starting
    with Cardinals. Thanks.

  • Aqua

    I’ve been aware of this civilizational collapse for some time. We (Western Civ) lack confidence in our heritage and cannot project any value to the world beyond consumption. Empty, vacuous, self-hating culture.

    Your thoughts here explain the inexplicable: how is it that we welcome the invader who promises our very destruction with a red carpet and cheering crowds as they murder and rape their way into our midst? We are a faithless vacuum of belief that attracts belief from wherever it may be found, no matter how repellant and vile and violent that belief is.

    As this decay advanced I always held out hope that even as America declined, the Church is eternal. I am a U.S. citizen, but a Christian first, loyal to the Bride of Christ that transcends Nations and time. My true home was still secure, (I thought).. But now, it seems, the decay affecting Western Civ may also be in our own Church. In fact, emanating from there FIRST, CAUSING the disease in western civ which draws life from Her.

    The Church, in sum, does not believe what it must believe; nor does it offer that belief and structure to the World. The Church is as faithless as any OT Jewish society that forgot God, and God punishes that faithlessness. We Christians should not be surprised.

    When the Pope bowed his head in prayer in the Vatican gardens as the Muslim prayed his muslim victory prayer in the very heart of our Faith, I knew the game was essentially over. Our spiritual patrimony is nothing special to today’s Church and they lazily turn away from their Faith and its patrimony and accept the premises of the enemies, with their Baals and Golden Calfs, who are confident and on the march, taking what was once ours.

    • sg4402

      Well said! In my opinion, when the Church “opened its windows to the World” (or whatever that crazy V2 saying was), it, consciously or not, assumed a posture of “leading from behind”—which has produced devastating results.

    • Michael DeLorme

      “…how is it that we welcome the invader who promises our very destruction…?”

      Because the Invader-In-Chief in the White House ridicules anyone who opposes ‘refugees’ as being “afraid of a three-year-old girl” when, as Germany—and Sweden and a whole lot of others—can attest: the overwhelming majority of the newcomers are military-age men. That’s one big reason how.

      • Aqua

        Americans don’t understand, because the media does not provide the video and story, the extent of the invasion that is taking place.

        I have seen, and am utterly appalled by the massive column of Muslims marching into Europe. I have seen videos of unending streams of people and they ARE, as far as I can see and tell, almost exclusively young men. In many of the videos they act out aggressively in various ways. Shooting fireworks mortars into civilian crowds and gang-molesting young girls is just one incident among many.

        For this to work for our leadership, this invasion must be portrayed as tired, hungry, sick, injured, desperate women, children, babies, old people, all struggling to just live another day, limping their way to a warm meal and a hospital bed. Who would be so callous as to refuse them help? But those people are not the ones marching into Europe (and America soon). Those oppressed people, the ones who are actually suffering in this way, mostly Christians, remain where they are and continue their very real suffering and martyrdom without relief. The ones marching in are hale and healthy. Their role in the current conflict can only be speculated at.

        And this is being obscured for some strange reason I can’t clearly comprehend.

  • D.L.Mann

    Political correctness is an abomination and always has been. As a journalist, I have watch the destruction of large swathes of society this country was founded on and we paid so dearly for, including our right to our faith and to practice it. We are now so PC that we are passing laws and allowing bureaucrats and arrogant leaders to put policy into place that are obvious attacks on Christians and their free expression of faith with monetary penalties and jail sentences attached for disobeying them in favor of God. Meanwhile we sit back and content ourselves with thinking that it’ll go away by itself and we certainly do not want to raise our voices and risk being called names or offending ANYONE. We won’t even call a couple who killed 14 people terrorists for fear of offending someone. In the end it is and always be God who is in charge and will deal with this, but unless we are willing to stand with Him and put His will ahead of our foolishness and laziness, and ASK Him for help, it’s just going to get worse. Ask the clergy in Houston where they were ordered to provide copies of sermons so they could be checked for offensive non-PC content and the churches penalized if they dared speak God’s word that someone did not like.

    • ThirstforTruth

      Yet the same people calling for this openly biased power to restrict free speech and the freedom to practice religion openly in the public square, refuses to treat
      the hate spewing from many of the mosques in this country resulting in daily
      calls to jihad with the same oversight.

  • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

    Since I can no longer indulge myself in the atavistic bloodletting of the previous article I’ll try to say something meaningful here that begins with my years as a young soldier serving between 1955-58 in then West Germany. Germans were still quite nationalistic and more religious. Whenever we patrolled thru forests bordering the now Czech Republic we found small prayer chapels in unexpected places and man height crosses with little rooftops. People prayed there. Germans went to Mass. Religious Intellectualism beginning with Lutheran scripture scholars like Bultmann, Panenberg and formgeschichte methodology began demythologizing the Gospels and started the trend toward a ‘practical’ Christianity. Mystery lost meaning and clamor and terribly poor almost grotesque art replaced it. We see the legacy in the outlandish religious posture of Cardinal Reinhard Marx Chairman of the German Bishops Conference. David Warren’s assessment of the spiritual collapse of Germany not to exclude France, Ireland, Italy, Spain as the source of Europe’s disintegration is correct. There is still hope. Cardinal Gerhard Muller Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith is still prefect and there are others as evidenced during the Synod on the Family. Perhaps we need a new Counter Reformation.

    • Edith Wohldmann

      I cant help but think of Europe as the cradle of Christianity with thousands of Marian shrines throughout its nations, and that Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. Yes, we need new Saints and a new Counter Reformation. Thank you for that, God bless!

  • Bro_Ed

    As a speechwriter-in-retirement, I still write topical material. I did this on “Political Correctness:”

    Two individuals of indeterminate gender, race, religious, and political preferences were shopping at the Mall when they encountered a friend. One of the two said to the friend: “Who was that person of indeterminate gender, race, religious, and political preferences that we saw you with last night?’

    The friend laughed and replied: “That was no person of indeterminate gender, race, religious, and political preferences, that was my Domestic Partner!”

    Okay, I never said it was funny. I just said it was inoffensive. And to you connoisseurs of the old time TV comics I will, in full disclosure mode, concede that the basic story is not original with me. It is just a modernized version of a classic vaudeville joke told by that old-time Master of the One Liners: Henny Youngperson.

    You heard it here first.

    • RainingAgain

      I suppose I am insufficiently “cool” to get the joke. I am not offended because I haven’t a clue what you are on about. Sorry.

      • Bro_Ed

        You are right. For some reason, the first sentence was lost: “I have written the first ever politically correct, non-sexist, inoffensive joke. It is suitable for use on all occasions and may be used without fear of criticism:”

        You are not only “cool” but observant too.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour

    Germany has a total fertility rate of 1.43 children per woman; the replacement rate is 2.1.

    A plummeting birth-rate since the 1970s means that the median age in 2015 was 46.1 years, making the decline in population irreversible; there are no longer sufficient women of childbearing age to halt it. Without massive inward migration, Germany will lose about a fifth of its population (some 12 m people) over the next 30 years. The situation in Austria is the same.

    The prospects for her old wartime ally, Italy, are even worse: with a TFR of 1.4, a much weaker
    economy, less attractive to migrants, and a median age of 43.8 the country faces inevitable economic collapse. Unlike, say the Japanese, who have a similar demographic profile, but some $14 trillion in household savings squirreled away to pay for geriatric care provided by Filipino and Indonesian nurses, the prospects for Italy’s aging population are bleak.

    • Tarzan

      In the Bible, human fertility is a blessing, and barrenness is seen as a “curse”. Yet in the West today people voluntarily make their sexual acts barren. Maybe Pope Paul VI knew what he was doing in Humanae Vitae.

      Also, I don’t know about Europe, but I believe that in much of the Middle East the Muslim birth rate is very low as well. Particularly in Iran. It seems that both extreme secularism and irrational fundamentalism destroy hope. Pope Benedict’s Regensburg address is looking more profound every day.

      • RainingAgain

        With respect to Pope Paul VI and Pope Benedict XVI, you are spot-on.

      • sg4402

        “in much of the Middle East the Muslim birth rate is very low….” Are you sure of that? I have heard quite the contrary. I have also heard that their birth rates are, if not impossible, difficult to track.

    • Stephen_Phelan

      True, but if the “massive inward migration” is in no way German and is actually hostile to what remains of German and European values, and the nation has no plan on integrating the new population, this migration will not save the nation.

  • agury

    Millions and millions of lives have been and are being devasted or lost thanks to “Western Civilization” asserting itself in Iraq, and then precipitously pulling out again, leaving total chaos behind. I think that’s a bigger story than the thirty or so German women who got their buttocks’ fondled. The German and Vatican impulse to try to help the crisis stricken people of the Mideast is charitable and Christian. The orthodoxy crisis in the Catholic Church is a different crisis. I’d recommend not conflating the two. But if you insist on linking them, I’d say the millena old link between Church and Empire, or City or nation, which you seem so nostalgiac about, is exactly the problem. The Europeans are throwing out the religious baby with the militarist bathwater.

    • Aqua

      Western Civ did not attack and assert itself in Iraq. The decayed and unfaithful remnant of the West that values consumption did that. A strong vital Christian civilization would have undoubtedly acted differently than we did there.

      A strong and vital Church would have drawn attention to the genocide and martyrdom against the Faithful rather than almost completely ignoring our Christian brothers and sisters. The Church Fathers did not do that. The “crisis stricken people” largely remain where they are; in a war zone, forgotten. Many of them are now dead. Entire Christian communities, gone. We are not receiving and caring for them. Instead, we are importing almost exclusively young Muslim men. They seem well fed and healthy to me.

      • RainingAgain

        St. Pope John Paul II was one of the very few to object to even the first Iraq War. Of course, when one’s agenda is to blame the Church for everything bad that ever happened facts are pointless.

        • augury

          So, if I share with John Paul II the view that the Iraq War was a mistake, how am I blaming the Church for it? Also you might want to check your facts about his being one of the very few who objected to the Iraq War. Europe was overwhelmingly opposed.

      • augury

        The Church should absolutely “draw attention to the martyrdom against the faithful.” Perhaps the Holy Father’s reticence — I’m taking your word that he is reticent — is because he doesn’t want to throw fuel on the fire smoldering among the Ted Cruz’ and Jeb Bush’s and Marco Rubio’s for yet another ill-conceived invasion. And let’s not forget that Christians were a protected minority in Iraq prior to the American assault. But even if the Church should do more to protect Middle East Christians, does that preclude our acting charitably to those Muslims who are suffering? Disturbing as you find the health and well fed status of certain refugees in Germany you saw on TV, millions of people have been killed or had their lives dislocated. To create a moral equivalence between the historically monumental crisis in Syria and Iraq and the 30 or so German women who had their New Years revellries disrupted seems rather un-Christian to me.

        • Michael DeLorme

          In 1990, two newcomers were vying to replace Governor Bill Clements of
          Texas. At one point Republican Clayton Williams was 20 points ahead of
          rival, Democrat Ann Richards.

          And then Mr. Williams made a fatal mistake. In a speech before constituents at a cow camp, where rough humor was not uncommon, and in response to a question about rape, he jokingly (he claimed) told the questioner: “Well, if it’s inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

          The media and feminist groups came down on him like a ton of bricks and Williams quickly went down to defeat.

          What a difference 26 years can make. For months, now, masses of “refugees” throughout Europe—particularly in Germany and Sweden —have been raping, beating, robbing and destroying property in numerous cities. Then, on New Year’s Eve, in several German cities, they added a groping spree to their repertoire.

          Cologne’s mayor blames the women—they must not know how to behave; they need a code of conduct—and not a peep of condemnation from either the media and/or feminist spokeswomen. And, with jaunty impunity, you get to dismiss, the victims as “…30 or so German women who had their revelries disrupted…”

          For someone who pays such strict attention to numbers, there were
          hundreds of women victims across Germany. If you read Mr. Warren a
          little more closely, you’ll find he said they were groped by up to 30 men at a time, not that there were only 30 victims.

          Oh, but Iraq.

          Ferguson. Baltimore. Oh, but racism.

          It’s inevitable. Relax and enjoy it.

          • augury

            Nothing like rape to rile up a lynch mob, Michael. Or, in this case, mass fondlings.

          • Michael DeLorme

            It is the mobs who are doing the raping and the fondling, Augie. And it
            is to precisely to such craven insouciance as your own to which you
            delightedly presume to attribute the loss and/or displacement of
            “millions and millions.” The arrogance is staggering.

          • Michael DeLorme

            In her memoir “We Have Been Friends Together,” Raissa Maritain relates the personal belief of her and Jacques’ friend—the poet, essayist and novelist Leon Bloy—that just as Christ went through His passion, so also would the Holy Spirit, one day. Her description is prescient:

            “The Passion of the Holy Spirit…has already begun in the hearts of the
            poor and the oppressed, and of all those who suffer persecution, without any inspired voice calling for justice.

            “If our world continues its descent into Hell, when men will have
            exterminated pity, ‘disgust will have killed even anger’ and the Holy
            Spirit, that ‘Outcast of Outcasts’ will be silently condemned by judges
            the mildness of whose manner is beyond reproach.”

            Lynch mobs? In Syria, 7-year-old Yizidi, Christian and Muslim women are being raped to death; and you warn that someone like Ted Cruz might act precipitously to put an end to the outrage.

            In Afghanistan, our Marines are ordered to stand down or face court martial for intervening when Muslim men are raping young boys. Our soldiers hear the screams; but, after all, It’s part of the culture, and military brass “the mildness of whose manner is beyond reproach” don’t want to offend these practitioners of Islamic peace.

            I find your glib superiority and humor sickening.

      • augury

        To suggest that the Holy Father is not as harrowed by the genocide and martyrdom as you are is appalling. Perhaps the Holy Father has not drawn attention to their plight, if in fact he has not, because he fears throwing fuel on the smoldering fire being stoked by Cruz and Rubio and Bush for a new war, whose consequences might be even more unpredictable and awful than the last. As for your anxiety over Muslim refugees who seem to you not to be sick or starving, take comfort, plenty are.

        • D.L.Mann

          Using party politics to throw smoke up around an issue is a classic misdirection that obfuscates an issue rather than clarifies one. Liberals are expert at making certain the truth is the last thing that is valued or provided if it does not align with their agenda. Good intentions are empty smoke if not thought through and carried through. Unexpected consequences are now the rule because thinking things through is not as popular as instant fixes and making sure that we do not offend anyone even if that’s what is required.

          The ‘smouldering fire’ is caused by politicians who are stupid or gutless enough to end up in a war where we told our enemy when, how and what we were going to do and tacitly murdering our own troops for political gains, when we were going to abandon our allies, and when the monsters could come back in and begin the assault on whatever might have been achieved. We not only lost a war (two, actually) but solidified our reputation as faithless and unreliable allies and caused those who trusted us to be decimated and learn to hate us for the horrors we allowed though our abandonment.

          It will take generations to repair what the Obamanation has caused with political allies and weaklings in both parties. It is a fact of life that middle eastern culture only respects force and the population are experts at using terror and accepting it as part of daily life. Met with ‘dialogue’ and PC policies, we could do nothing but lose and leave Iraq (and now the rest) in the dire circumstances they are in. We abandoned our friends and appeased our enemies. While I hate war, we know just as God knows and has practiced throughout scripture that there are times when nothing will do but to do battle and spare the enemy nothing.

          • augury

            Since you “hate war”, D.I., but still feel, as I do, that it is sometimes needed, you’ll be relieved to know there’s such a thing in Catholicism as “just war” doctrine. Among other things it requires that a just war do no greater evil than the evil it eliminates.

            The results of the American invasion of Iraq include: the radicalization of Iraq’s Sunnis, the rise of Isis and Isis’ world wide terrorist spree; the emergence of the majority Shiites as the de facto ruling religion ; the enboldening of Iran due to the loss of Iraq as a regional check on Iranian adventurism; twith Iran’s enboldening the gravest threat to Isreal since its founding; the pesecution and martyrdom of Iraqi Chrisitians who were a protected group under ( the barbaric) Hussein ( sorry DI but things get complicated when you conquer foreign countries); approximately 15 million ( UN estimate) displaced persons throught Iraq and Syria; millions dead; and now, yes, more horrifically, upwards of 90 innocent frauleins who had their buttocks fondled!

            Perhaps this patently unjust war would have been avoided if Bush, and his supporters in the Catholic neo con choir, George Weigel et al , had listened to Pope John Paul II. Perhaps something worse that’s brewing now can be avoided if we listen to what Pope Francis seems to be saying.


          • D.L.Mann

            Had we stayed the course, not told our enemies what we were going to do, how we were going to do it, and when (providing any of which information in any other war would have been considered an act of a traitor, punishable by death) and then without requiring consequence or reparation and no plan or security for anyone – especially those who helped us – not walked off, things would be quite different.
            Imagine yourself fighting along side your biggest ally and having them turn and run. How would you feel about them? Would you trust them? Would hatred and anger enter the equation? Is there any chance of stability and peace when you announce that you are pulling out regardless of consequence and leaving the battle field to the enemy to do as they will?
            You can’t fight a PC war and you can’t win a war that requires no collateral damage. Only a complete fool would think so or attempt it. We are responsible for our part of the untold death and suffering primarily because we forgot that by breaking our promises and not following through on commitments actual people would be affected and chaos would ensue.
            And now we are abandoning Israel the same way, emboldening ISIS and Iran and Russia, and precipitating more and more suffering and death.

        • Aqua

          Well, I have no power to do anything on their behalf. He does. He has marshaled his powers and authority towards other causes.

          He may have briefly mentioned their plight in the course of a speech at some point, I can’t recall. But meaningful support such as marshaling secular forces in their behalf and giving them the full spiritual and moral backing of the Catholic Church and material resources to survive against the Muslim onslaught; I haven’t seen that. I have seen such an effort on behalf of Muslims in another of their never-ending civil wars. But not Christians.

          Christians and their Bishops have pleaded for help and attention to their plight of Islamic murderous genocide against them, but I can’t recall anything on their behalf.

    • Stephen_Phelan

      Right. Since the Iraq war was such a huge story, let’s ignore other “stories” that aren’t as big. Or aren’t as convenient for our preferred narrative. Great reasoning, that.

      The overall silliness of your post culminates perfectly in the concluding sentence. The Christ Child and His parents were long ago sent packing from official Europe yet you still find some link with the Church and “Empire.” Europe’s secular culture has no fight in it, which you seem to see as a positive thing, even as it is overrun by those who have no intention whatsoever of becoming, in any meaningful sense, European. An “impulse” can perhaps be “charitable”, but without truth, there is no real charity. What remains of Europe not only won’t evangelize Christianity, it won’t evangelize whatever values (moral fashions?) they have today.

      Thousands rampage without accountability, and you insist people look away to a distant cause, since the rampagers apparently can’t be held responsible and the rampaged have some gauzy obligation to turn the other cheek. After all, it’s their fault, when you really think about it.

      Finally, please provide a source for the “millions and millions” bit. Thanks.

      • Augury

        Sorry Stephen, but the fact that the Iraq invasion story trumps the fondling of 30 women stands. If you google the crisis you’ll find estimates, from the UN and many other places, of upwards of 15 million displaced persons. Feel free to doubt the precision of those sources, but “millions and millions” is hardly hyperbolic on my part. As for the Iraq invasion being too “distant a cause” of the Cologne fondlings, I’m sorry, but the consequences of bombing the daylights out of foreign countries and rearranging their societies really can drag on for a whole ten years. I’m sorry too that you find the call to turn the other cheek ( by the way I never said in my comment that the Germans should turn the other cheek to criminals ) “gauzy.” I thought I heard somewhere that turning the other cheek was a good thing…

        Linkages between Church and secular authority ( or “Empire” as I perhaps too colorfully put it ) have been criticized by exponentially more astute observers than me. Dante for example has a number of rather tart observations on the point as regards Pope Boniface VII. Saint John Paul II extolled religious freedom as a fundamental value. Bishop William Lori explains quite eloquently how John Paul believed that the Church should abstain from secular governance.

        I believe that Europe’s secularization and moral decay is one of the great tragedies of our time. I believe that the evil spirit of secularism has infiltrated even high levels of the Church, as we saw in the most recent synod. I even believe that Allah is not God. Where I diverge from you and David Warren and seemingly everybody else on this blog is that Europe’s ” lack of fight” is part and parcel of that decay. Europe’s well-documented history of religious and nationalistic war has caused an exhausted Europe to mistakenly abandon the Faith, instead of seeing the curative potential in the teachings on religious freedom offered by Saint John Paul.


        • Marie Halligan

          Whilst war is always the worst of experiences, I take issue with the way you appear to trivialise sexual assault. If YOU had ever been on the receiving end of any kind of unwanted sexual attention,you would know how frightening and utterly disgusting it is to the victim.Those attacks should never be trivialised in any way. You are bang out of order.

        • Marie Halligan

          I have to correct myself- being abused by one’s parents as a child, by the very people who are supposed to love and protect you,is probably even more damaging than war.

      • sg4402

        Let’s be clear and precise: if the Muslims eventually “take over” Europe, their victory won’t be over Christianity, it will be over secularism. Christianity is, mostly, gone. What remains is a shadow of its former self.

  • Dave Fladlien

    I don’t think political correctness is the basic problem. It is important, but there is an even deeper problem, which I think is brought fully to light by same-sex marriage and the extreme hostility to those who oppose it.

    The problem here is that people have forgotten how to think, and don’t want to listen to anyone who can. To the average person, those of us who object to same-sex marriage are people who want to deny homosexuals the right to a decent life, just as we denied black people the right to a decent life 200 years ago. Clearly, religion is the problem. After all, aren’t most wars fought over religion?

    A more correct analogy to same-sex marriage is that I, less than 6 feet tall, am being denied the “right” to play in the National Basketball Association. That’s ridiculous. The fact is that I don’t have the ability to play in the NBA, because it can’t be done by someone less than 6 feet tall, just as same-sex couples don’t have the ability to marry because it can’t be done by same-sex couples. But people today can’t see it that way, and won’t listen to those who do (for both reasonable and absurd reasons). Everything is about “rights”.

    No analogy is perfect, but when viewed with the NBA analogy, we see right away why we will be persecuted and even prosecuted, with nearly religious zeal, by those who think of us as denying poor homosexuals their “right” to marry and have a happy life. Many of our opponents are not terrible people trying to subvert the world, they simply can’t recognize the true nature of a situation, so they reach the wrong evaluation. David Warren’s article really makes it clear how ridiculous this can get: to some it’s become ok that women are sexually molested because someone would have to point out a problem with a racial group to criticize it. It’s absurd to think that molesting a woman is ok for any reason. Yet it shows the extent that our need to have everyone’s “rights”, without bothering to question whether they are rights at all, has become.

    We won’t solve this problem by damning the people who take these positions. We’ll only harden their position. Many of them are deluded, not simply willful agents of evil. They may function as agents of evil, but because they slowly developed grossly distorted views, not because they chose in a moment to be agents of evil. We will solve the problem only by slowly persuading them to think clearly. To do that we will need patience, prayer, and willingness to gently but firmly proclaim right thinking and values, again and again and again. Are we up to that task?

    • sg4402

      To your credit, you didn’t say “dialogue”.

  • bernie

    Incidentally, what a great photo in the article. Everyone ought to expand it to see the devastation. It sums up the whole situation.

    • Lancelot Blackeburne

      You’re right about the photo. Interesting to see the Cathedral still standing in the middle of all that devastation.

  • pescher

    Warren illustrates what a pundit wrote when (the latter) said “Euphemisms and fine sounding are used to anesthetize a passive public”.

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    We can argue about whether a strongly Christian society would resist Islamist invasion. The author thinks it would, although having seen some of the passive statements coming from Christian church leaders and the fact that Christian charities and religious organizations are heavily involved in resettling Muslim “refugees” in western societies, I have my doubts about Christianity’s leaders’ willingness to defend against Islamists.

    The ability of post-Christian secular western society to resist Islamists is very much in doubt given what we are seeing in Cologne, which is, unfortunately, not an isolated example.

    There is a real anger brewing under the surface of western societies over issues like the threat that Islamism poses to our western way of life and the denial of that threat by our current political leaders. It will be interesting to see how that anger manifests itself.

    • RainingAgain

      You make the error of assuming our Church leaders, charities and religious organisations are “strongly Christian”. I would suggest that they, more likely, are strongly Marxist.

  • veritasetgratia

    So well expressed. The “why cant everyone just get along” attitude also recognised here. Ben Wiker wrote that Epicurus’ comfortable life was “bothered” by his fellow Greeks chasing around trying to please the gods and he tried to talk them out of belief in any gods. Then in U.K. not too many years ago, there were those slogans on buses There’s probably no God so relax and enjoy yourself.

  • JaneSeymour

    Christianity in Western Europe is dying. When people have no faith, they become easy prey to Evil forces. Our political leaders, particularly the German one has opened the borders wide to Muslim invaders and fiercely opposes the Christian heads of states in Eastern Europe who are against her outrageous policies. These young men have already destroyed their own countries and then headed to Europe for wiping out our Christian populations or what is left of it.

  • RainingAgain

    Nail firmly on head. As usual. Thanks again.

  • Tom Williams

    I see the breakdown of the spiritual and moral values on the world stage and ask myself “who benefits from such behaviours?” The answer I keep getting is “follow the money.”
    The politicians are only pupits of an evil agenda being orchestrated by those who control the money and power in the world. Population control and greater power in the hands of these few is basically the source of the unrest and confusion embracing the world today.
    The answer is for Catholics of faith to unite in prayer against this evil and resist the temptation to not be engaged when confronted personally by it.

    • Marie Halligan

      You have articulated exactly what I believe- it is helpful to read intelligent posts like this as it helps you realise that there are copped-on people around.It has given me some hope,so thank you!

  • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

    The anomaly to many in the West is that Saddam Hussein protected minorities especially Christians. The Bath Party was secularist. Tariq Aziz a Chaldean Roman Catholic was Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister under Saddam. The large ancient Catholic communities of Iraq are now virtually non existent due to the assertion of fundamental Islam resulting from a war that Bush 43 insisted upon despite Vatican and European opposition. America did not import democracy instead imported whiskey, pornography, and rap music. Bush Cheney and accomplices set up a theocratic Islamic govt that destroyed any semblance of a nation. Today Bashar Assad also a secular Bathist and despite his military infractions had long protected Christians and other minorities. The policy of regime change and nation building has proved impractical and completely destructive from Libya to Afghanistan. The immense problem of Islamic migration to Europe and now the US is the outcome of Bush’s incompetent and tragic foreign policy. Perhaps the Afghan War was the only valid American intervention.

    • Tom Williams

      Great analogy of the events which have led to the situation that exist today.
      You correctly named whiskey, pornography and rap music as to what they really got.
      You followed the money.

    • mrteachersir

      “Regime change” was actually the official US policy in Iraq since 1998, under Clinton. This was the result of consistent violations by Iraq of the Cease-Fire agreement that ended the Gulf War. The military had conducted extensive contingency planning towards a prospective “intervention” towards that end. Saddam was, for all intents and purposes, a national security threat. This is why the 9/11 commission investigated a link between Saddam and al Qaeda (remember, Saddam had offered bin Laden money and refuge in Iraq, which bin Laden refused).

      The real issue is the unwillingness of the political and academic elite to recognize that Islam is intrinsically different than Christianity and Judaism and contains within it some anti-democratic tendencies. Even now that we are inundated with evidence that strict adherence with shari’a is completely incompatible with self-government, our political, intellectual, and social “betters” tell us that Islam is exactly the same as Christianity. This lie started in the 1800s, under the title “ecumenism”…

    • Marie Halligan

      Well said Father!

  • roccolore

    Cologne is another Rotherham.

  • richard ruesch

    your line: “There never was a Europe to be patriotic to”, compels me to throw this article in the trash can. you even, might feel that you did not do a good job in explaining this current problem, maybe not; it is complicated. from all of the bit and pieces from the total bits and pieces that make up our Holy Bible, none should be used to explain a reason for being evil. you can use your own understanding of what constitutes evil, as I and others do. but everyone should respect the “rights” or all others, and all those who commit any evil act that do infringe on the right of another, ought not be treated casually or without need of PERMANENT CORRECTION, the correct way of being respectful was taught to me by my European Father and Mother and the whole lot of them; all practicing Christians. if we loose the way to God; we have lost our way and it becomes a real issue of how long will God put up with OUR evil acts. which country today, with their elite government officials use the correct way of respecting the right of ALL others…….none. there are those of us who pray for God’s mercy and help for finding our way back to HIm. I look forward to reading your future articles.

  • mohawkkateri

    Of course, our illustrious administration and federal powers and authorities, as well as all participating in the E-U, have all been aware of the phenomenon whereby mobs of criminals are organized to do spectacular acts of terror and prey especially upon women, in the name of some ideology or morality or other, or just for some contrivance of “fun”, for, well let’s see now, it started in this country, well to me actually, in ’07 and continues apace. Don’t tell me that the police, local and federal, in this country or any riche Western country don’t know, fully about it. A day after I like lots of ladies of a certain age like myself at New Year’s logged onto a diet plan, I was menaced shopping in the store with my elderly father, and called a “whale”, repeatedly, by two scrawny and rather pallid young men, themselves without a fine woman on either arm, all by their lonesome, sent out to do the Anonymous dirty work on behalf of some obsessed with crucifying one more prolifer. And so it goes.

    The technology has been a thing for at least a decade. You’re telling me that Merkel, Obama, and the rest don’t know how to get a tip from those who orchestrate crime on the “dark nets”? In campaign season in 07, that campaign sure had no problem availing of “surveillance” in order to Alinsky-ize the masses. Now they throw us to the ugly college guy who can’t get a date and is bitter about women in general who are willing for a bitcoin or not or in the name of some rallying radicalizing ideology to follow a woman around and call her a “whale” even though they don’t know her but were supplied the target’s photo over the web.

    Where are all our techie friends, in the underground movement and making the 1% ca-ching who failed to protect our hipster friends in Paris, in Germany? They taught the young asylum seekers the ways of mob organizing utilizing the dark web. Now why do they not avenge?

    The other ridiculous aspect of both THe Media’s Coverage as well as the Merkel response and other sundry German politicians and here comes Slate “Why it’s no good to tell a woman to keep at arm’s length” — hey slate that’s what I did today? Matter much? Or does that good morality only stretch to you and yours and not the rest of us white trash you despise and are willing to suffer to all Sorts of Things you wouldn’t ever permit your own consort, spouse or mommy to have to deal with — why does no one come out and name that this was Terrorism plain and simple? Does it really take like a high schooler to go in and start listing all the rape and sex slavery that terrorists are hopped up on, to have to have an honest and open discussion that in any ideology (male) bent on conquering and bringing low a culture or people, the first thing they do is harass innocent moms, pushing their strollers through the square in front of the Cathedral on New Year’s?

    The Media is now obsessed with Merkel, with screening asylum seekers, with the cops, all in a big time game of street theatre distractor to once again try to prop up the regime that’s made them all fat and happy. How about someone checking in with that glorious institution of hope, the U.N., and ask when young men try to molest and rape and menace women, via organized mob technological platforms, is it at all similar to…things on record in terms of war crimes?

    • Fr. Peter Morello, Ph.D.

      Your name says you are Mohawk which where some had settled in the area where I live. There is an old Iroquois trail behind my house I used to hike. Whether you are or not insecure cowardly men are common to every ethnic people. Among the Navajo and Apache who I ministered to in New Mexico a heavy set woman or man is not uncommon and they are respected. Generally. Unfortunately our sick culture obsessed with physical beauty as portrayed in ads, influence of drugs and the like exacerbate a spiritless cowardly life style. The Muslims who take advantage of the good will of the German people and perhaps the liberal stupidity or excessive kindness of Angela Merkel bite the hand that feeds them in assaulting young women. Our mission in this life is to witness against this evil as did Kateri Tekakwitha.

      • mohawkkateri

        Thanks for that, Fr. — yes I agree there is no appreciation of wisdom in the culture any longer. I suppose there are women who deal with this just because of the illness of the culture. In my case, it is orchestrated to my tech devices and my prolife activity, for many years now, strangely. I just remember how Bl. Mother Teresa was spit in the face once by a shopkeeper, and then how she was spit in the face in a more grandiose scale by an alcoholic celebrity atheist determined to vent all his rage and despair on that good little saintly woman. Meditating on the way of the cross helps too. Witnessing against evil is to witness to hope.

  • mohawkkateri

    These good old progressive, super power, highly enlightened and rational governments have known of the use of technology to harass innocent citizens illegally since at least ’07. So to me, their choosing to absent themselves from the situation, longstanding, to suit a bitter and divisive and harmful alinsky game, to appease those totalitarian “progressive” elements who are the real custodians and perpetrators of hatred and bigotry here and abroad, is exactly the reason why women were assaulted and raped. The blame is not about asylum seekers though those policies too reflect their studied non policies and not caring about reality, not caring about the security of refugees and already citizens. No, their policies directly made this possible. I blame Obama and his out to lunch staff in national security and foreign policy, and the eu-ers as well. They all knew this has been happening, and looked the other way.

    Just take a look at the understaffed police force on New Year’s Eve, where were they when a thousand mobbed the Cathedral square? Where are they when I take my life in my hands on local highways with a minor to be mobbed by vicious pro aborts sent out to do some sicko’s bidding, with money, presumably? They are all studiously and officially absent from the scene. They chose that women be attacked and harassed. They knew this was exactly going on and they let it happen. So now there is nothing that they or their precious progressive mouthpiece media can say in their defense. They lack integrity, they are ineffective, they are morally bankrupt, they despise their own people they were “elected” to lead.

  • mohawkkateri

    People like myself can invoke Sophie Scholl…what is my psychological torture if a thousand others will stand up? I thank God for revealing to the little ones…if this had not happened to me, then so many would miss the beauty of the light upon this earth…

  • Drew Binkley

    I can’t for the life of me fiqure out why their leaders want to breed out their own civilization especially with a sub human populance that is not far remove if at all of savages.There aren’t and great minds,scholars,engineers,generals all I’ve seen from the reports is a bunch of horny barbarians I keep waiting to see them on TV humping on each others leg like dogs do.