(See Torch Song below)
Conservatives in the culture wars which have engulfed most of Western Europe and the Americas for the best part of the last 200 years have always had a sense of the essential coherence of what they opposed. But they have been so concerned with individual issues – most recently with local skirmishes about sex, marriage and the family – that they have failed to see the Devil for the details.
Now the coherence of the Liberal Agenda is clearly emerging. ‘Gender ideology’ has at last made things plain.. The Liberal Agenda is a an assault on the past in the name of a utopian future; a rejection of the given in favour of the chosen; a preference for what man can make over what God has created. In that way it systematically reverses the premises on which all previous societies have been conducted and overturns every tenet and principle of the Catholic religion.
It is good to know that Pope Francis (with the no doubt indispensable help of his predecessor) has stated this so clearly.
“ In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] ‘gender’. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible! In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: ‘Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator’. He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite. God gave us things in a ‘raw’ state, so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture, we are shaping things that bring us back to the ‘raw’ state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us think. ‘This is the age of sin against God the Creator’.” Address to Polish bishops in Krakow, July 27 2016.
Even if it lacks the elegance and precision of Benedict XVI, the statement is clear enough to satisfy traditionalists and infuriate liberals.