"Of the People,
By the People,
For the People"
Part Two of
CATHOLIC IDENTITY CRISIS IN THE USA
Catholics not rooted in the Truths and Traditions suffer identity crisis and loss of faith when trying to apply principles of democracy to a theocracy. It doesn't work for it is not man's will, but God's will that must take precedence. Anything short of that is humanism and governed by the very principalities who rebelled against God.
"It is very popular in this social and cultural climate to paint the only effective and realistic religion as one that is 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' in the spirit of American political ideals... While true Democracy may be based on a rejection of authoritarian rule and a decentralization of power, such views are inherently inconsistent with any notion of submission to God Almighty's Will, Word, authority, and power. At the end of the day, any religion that claims to be 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' is nothing more than an up-dated version of the claim, 'we will not serve' as first practiced by Lucifer and his dissident troops of demons!"
I have written in recent pieces and will be writing more in this series about the fallacy that the kind of political pluralism embodied by the above phrase can be effectively, rationally, and easily applied to the moral realm. Every liberal pundit, radical journalist, and Pulitzer-winning know-it-all from Anna Quindlen to Maureen Dowd has told us that the American Catholic faith is, in fact, a religion "of the people, for the people, and by the people" in the tradition of American political legend. While this claim may sound romantic and idealistic to others, it, like so many other examples of radical over-reaching from other realms into the moral sphere, is plainly false, imbecilic, arrogant, insolent, disrespectful, and evil.
The Ultimate Purpose of Any Religion
Although there are many opinions and views on what the ultimate purpose of any religion is, I think that all of these can be grouped and included in the following way:
The Ultimate Purpose of Any Religion is:
- To provide our lives with a meaning beyond our mere existence
- To provide our lives with a purpose beyond our mere existence
- To provide us with a moral framework and sense of right and wrong
- To provide us with a greater meaning and purpose for that framework
- To provide us with a central core source for truth and guidance
- To provide us with a motivation to strive for truth and perfection
- To provide us with hope for something beyond our physical existence
Now most religions hold that there is some Supreme Power that is the source of truth, guidance, direction, purpose, and meaning. To the extent that any religion or belief holds that Power to be within ourselves, that religion will necessarily be limited, terminal, truncated, and ultimately deficient, defective, and ineffective in providing us with the other purposes of any religion. It is only a religion that holds that Power to be beyond, above, and superior to us that is able to provide all of the above elements of any religion.
Certainly people like Aristotle and Aquinas have provided us with sufficient rational and logical arguments for the existence of a Supreme Being to whom we owe gratitude, allegiance, obedience, respect, submission, service, love, and gratitude. Obviously, any religion that does not recognize this truth and follow its rational dictates is defective from the outset and hence ineffective.
True Catholic Core
The true Catholic Faith teaches us that God Almighty is our central core for truth and guidance that He created and loves us and wishes for our salvation despite our inherent unworthiness of the perfection and purity needed for such salvation. We believe that this Divine Creator provided us with His only Son Jesus Christ as One both Divine and human who would provide us with the example and guidance of how to find that ultimate, eternal salvation. We believe that Christ served as the Sacrificial Lamb to bridge the gap between the perfection and purity required for salvation and our own imperfect, impure, weak, humanity. We likewise we believe that Christ rose from the dead and now sits in Heaven with His Father. We believe that The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of that Holy Trinity, inspiring us and filling us with the hunger for truth and desire to seek that truth. In return for this chance at salvation, we owe that God and His Son eternal gratitude, obedience, love, service, loyalty, and dedication. We believe that God Almighty is Perfection Itself and hence His Will is all perfect as well.
We believe that Christ is, as He told us Himself, is "The Way, The Truth, and The Light" to that salvation offered by a loving and compassionate God. We believe that Christ came to this world through the action of God using Our Blessed Mother as the First Tabernacle offering The Bread of Life to the world. Any belief, view, or religion that contradicts, limits, or violates any part of the above core beliefs runs contrary to our true Catholic Faith and therefore cannot be part of that true Catholic faith. In other words, anything that violates the above and calls itself Catholic is a fraud, a counterfeit, a false, a sham deception and not the Catholic faith at all! In short, our True Catholic Faith teaches us that God Almighty is the ultimate Source of all that is good, and the purpose, meaning, and goal of our lives should be to love, serve, obey, honor, thank, and remain loyal to Him and Him alone as Christ taught us to do. True Catholic Faith, then, is a religion "of God, for God, and by God" and nothing less!
"People's Faith" Is a Sham!
Given what we believe about our faith and above all about our God, the notion that the Catholic faith, American or any other brand, is a faith "of the people, for the people, and by the people" must necessarily be false, blasphemous, and evil! It is impossible to believe this "people's faith" lie and yet hold fast to our core Catholic beliefs. In fact, anyone who accepts the "people's faith" sham is de facto rebellious against God Almighty and worthy of punishment and banishment from salvation pending only the forgiveness, mercy, compassion, and ultimate judgment of the Ultimate and Just Judge.
This rebellion can be illustrated in three key points:
- If God is Ultimate Perfection, Truth, and Love, then He alone can be the Source of such perfection, truth, and love and therefore to hold that His mere creatures can ever be that source is to insult, detract, reduce, and stain God's Supreme Authority and Quality. Hence, no true religion can ever claim to be "of" or "by" the people! In truth, only God Almighty can ever be that source.
- Since we owe eternal gratitude, love, service, loyalty, and adoration to God above all else, true religion cannot be "for the people" but only "for God" to whom all roads must lead.
- If we believe that God is all Wisdom, then we cannot imagine that any true religion would be subject to the limitations, weakness, terminality, and whims of mankind. However, any religion "of, by, and for the people" would clearly be subject to these limitations and hence could never be of God or true.
Truth and Perfection Pervade Humanity
We are called to eternally strive for truth and perfection, but it is obvious that we will never reach those goals in our human weakness and imperfection. As truth and perfection pervade human weakness and limits, they are never subject to that weakness or those limits nor are they obstructed or affected by them in any way. Hence, any belief that is subject to such weakness, imperfection, and everyday obstacles cannot be of God nor claim to be the path to salvation or genuine guidance. However, when we look at religion or Catholicism "of the people, for the people, and by the people" the only thing we see is how such a view does not work in many if not most human situations. Given this, we can conclude that the "people's "view of religion has no connection to truth or perfection nor is it in any way a genuine path to salvation or God Himself!
Imagine a company or classroom wherein work is conducted "of the employees or students, for employees or students, and by employees or students". Where would the order, structure, and authority of such a company or classroom reside? Who would provide a qualified, objective lens through which to evaluate, progress, and develop the company or classroom? In short, if the students or employees run the show, who watches or evaluates the students or employees? If a "people's view" cannot pass the muster of a simple company or classroom application, how can such a view even be conceived as being the source of ultimate truth to be respected and followed? God's truth, justice, and reality can be and is applied to all human interactions and situations without stumbling in nitty-gritty details like "the people's" view of religion does. So, as we clearly see, "the people's" view of faith is an insolent, arrogant disavowal of God's authority, wisdom, justice, and truth and hence such a belief is blasphemous and evil.
It is very popular in this social and cultural climate to paint the only effective and realistic religion as one that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people" in the spirit of American political ideals... While true Democracy may be based on a rejection of authoritarian rule and a decentralization of power, such views are inherently inconsistent with any notion of submission to God Almighty's Will, Word, authority, and power. At the end of the day, any religion that claims to be "of the people, by the people, and for the people" is nothing more than an up-dated version of the claim, "we will not serve" as first practiced by Lucifer and his dissident troops of demons!
NEXT: PART THREE: Who Still Wants To Be In The Dark Ages?
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.