E Pluribus Venom
Part Five of
CATHOLIC IDENTITY CRISIS IN THE USA
The French Philosopher and Mathematician Blaise Pascal stated in the 17th century, that "Plurality which is not reduced to unity is confusion." He failed to mention that confusion will always reign, and like a domino effect, society will fall when God is missing as the main and central component of every equation. That is also why there can be no 'Separation of Church and State,' for once the viper's tail causes the dominoes to collapse, souls are helpless to fend off the inevitable. The serpent's fangs are deadly. The only anti-dote to the E Pluribus Venom is complete adherence to the True Faith founded by Jesus Christ. Plurality cannot stand for God has no equal.
"True Catholic morality is a faith 'by God and for God' and nothing else, and any alleged Catholic who thinks otherwise is trying to buy salvation with counterfeit currency! Yes, American Catholicism falsely and foolishly sees itself as a pluralistic faith, but that pluralism is a secular and political view dressed up as a moral prescription for spiritual success and doomed to failure. Anyone attempting to assess the probability of success of this secular/political pluralism in moral circles need only look to the first such effort by Lucifer and his fallen angels who likewise demanded a 'for the people by the people' situation and ended up with celestial change-of-address forms!"
We have often heard the phrase E Pluribus Unum cited as the national motto of The United States. The Latin phrase, which literally means "From many, one" or "Out of many, one", is hyped as an inspirational creed that somehow embodies both the American spirit and the reason for this country's unique success. Carried to its logical source, this phrase embodies Pluralism, which is applied in social science as the framework of interaction in which groups show sufficient respect and tolerance for each other that they fruitfully co-exist and interact without conflict or assimilation. Closely related to this concept is the notion that Authoritarian/Oligarchic societies and groups have power concentrated and decisions made by a few members while Pluralistic societies have a more diffuse power and decision making structure.
The basic assumption of all of this is that supposedly, Pluralism results in greater participation and commitment by members and therefore better results and outcomes to decisions and exercises of power. Having already shown that tolerance and diversity have both sacred/divine forms and secular/sinful natures in previous articles, it should not be too difficult to likewise show that pluralism is merely cut from the same mold as tolerance and diversity and has the same dual, sacred/divine versus secular/sinful forms. At the end of the day, we once again will see that pluralism as promoted by liberals and The New Order is just another poison of perdition to be avoided by anyone seeking salvation!
It remains one of the stumbling blocks for Catholics who subscribe to this Pluralism that it should also be carried out in the Church, forgetting that a theocracy which the Catholic Church is, can never be a democracy. That is Protestantism.
Too Many Cooks
The recent Papal selection once again showed just how absurd and extreme present-day American secular pluralism really is. Every fool, imbecile, moron, and arrogant pundit from the media or liberal camps felt that it was his or her duty and right to dribble and spew how the Pope should be selected, why the present process was defective and unfair, when this process became obsolete, where this process should be held, and who should be involved in that process.
There are four basic premises in all of this trash, all of which are inherently wrong, foolish, and arrogant but which should not surprise anyone with any clue of just how lost and pompous the media and liberals really are.
Upon further thinking about these premises, however, I came to realize that they actually lined up like some domino effect of perdition, each setting the stage for the next and each based on the foolishness established by the previous premise!
Myth #1: More is Better
This premise is one of the cornerstones of The New Order in many ways. We are constantly told that more pay is better no matter what, that more power is better no matter what we have to do to get it, and that more freedom is better no matter what the cost. The emphasis is on quantity not quality, and therefore it follows that involving more people in a project is better than involving less. The popular phrase that "there is safety in numbers" points to the kind of diffuse responsibility on which much of the evil of The New Order thrives. Big government comes to mind. Can you say "incompetent"?
Consequently, we are told that having less than 200 men select a Pope is inherently defective and unfair given that there are over a billion Catholics in the world. We are told that it would be much better if the Pope was selected by a larger group more representative of the pool of worldwide Catholics. Such a group should include people of every race and, of course, women. Since there are Catholics of all ages I will assume that even 12-year-old girls should be involved as well, given that the media recently interviewed such a child asking for her opinion of the Papal selection process! After all, would it not be unfair to keep children out of this? Is not the future of The Catholic Church most directly impacting on them? Maybe we could have kindergarten kids draw pictures telling us what they think about who the next Pope should be!
Now, never mind that American Catholics only represent 6% of the world's Catholic population. I mean, after all, they are American Catholics, which should give them a huge voice in this, should it not? Is it not, after all, the duty of Americans to guide the world to enlightenment? Surely American Catholics would be remiss to simply act like the worldwide minority they are in the Catholic Church when they have been specially chosen by God to lead all Catholics out of the darkness! Maybe American Catholics should be allowed to vote directly for the next Pope as I postured in my satirical piece If Americans Chose the Pope.... Each and every Catholic in this country should have his or her say. I mean, after all, do not these people pay their taxes and hand in their weekly contributions in Mass? Oh, I am sorry, some do not attend Mass at all, but never mind, they would if they could vote for the Pope. In the words of a 12 year old, would this not be, like, cool?
Hey, by the way, why stop at Catholics? In the spirit of ecumenism, shouldn't we let everybody who wants to chip in get involved? Maybe the JDL, NOW, Planned Parenthood, atheists, CBS News, GLADD, and GLBT should also get involved. I mean, is it not the American way to involve people in a selection process if they are either directly or indirectly affected by the results of that process? Certainly nobody would argue that people of all faiths, feminists, baby killers, atheists, liberal media, and sodomites are greatly affected by who is Pope! Why not let them have a vote in all of this? Maybe they could each endorse a particular candidate in the future. I can see it now… Vote for Cardinal Fuccini, he is the reproductive rights Cardinal! Vote for Cardinal Deli, he is the cafeteria Cardinal! Why didn't this Roman Catholic Church do this before? Oh, I know, they were ignorant or old-fashioned. It is not their fault after all, since they did not have American liberals and the American media to inspire them and guide them out of their ignorance. Yes, more is better! Ah, the age of enlightenment!
Myth #2: Pluralist Present
Since it is true that much government and rule in the past were based on an authoritarian structure with concentrated power and authority, then many conclude that all if not most of the problems of the past are associated with such structures. After all, all those kings and queens and powerful popes could not stop poverty, disease, wars, and injustice, so obviously their type of rule was at fault or at least ineffective, right? I mean, it is not like these same problems have continued even in so-called pluralistic societies, right? When we think of a king, we think of the past. The present image is of tons of people voting and forming committees and political action groups to get things done. Clearly, then, authoritarian rule is a thing of the past, a small group choosing a leader is a thing of the past, not getting everybody involved is a thing of the past. After all, aren't we in the 21st Century? Haven't we eliminated all forms of barbaric, ancient, ignorant, selfish, superficial, superstitious practices such as human sacrifice or offering infants to the gods or rampant orgies? Weren't these things that only happened in ignorant authoritarian societies? Is not pluralism the wave of the present and future? Yes, more is now!
Myth #3: Pluralism is all Good
Pluralism can be sacred and divine just as tolerance and diversity can be. Like the other two concepts, if that pluralism is based on the idea that God's Will, Word, and Love is offered to all people, then it is clearly sacred in character. Any pluralism that respects God Almighty's Will, Word, and Authority is sacred, divine, and consistent with salvation. We are, after all, called to love all people, to respect their right to good things, and to compassionately tolerate their differences even as we seek to save souls. We are also clearly expected to co-exist in peace and avoid conflict as much as possible.
However, secular pluralism denies the existence of a single universal truth and therefore by its very nature undermines the very creeds it purports to be attempting to have co-exist. Ultimately, such pluralism includes so much that it excludes nothing, no matter how immoral or destructive. Also, rampant pluralism seeks to include everything for the sake of including everything and for no other purpose. I include women in X and men in Y and children in Z just because inclusion becomes a religion unto itself without need for justification. Never mind that sometimes rampant inclusion is either not necessary, not helpful, or even destructive. Many scholars and writers, for example, wonder if including women in military combat is necessarily a helpful thing. An extreme example of pluralism, for example, calls for inclusion of children in adult behaviors such as sexuality and the like. As is the case with tolerance and diversity, pluralism without God is just another road to perdition.
Myth #4: Political Pluralism = Moral Pluralism
One of the most consistent errors that leads to moral chaos is assuming that just because a given philosophy or strategy works in making amoral decisions, that same kind of thinking will invariably work in moral situations as well. This is seen in proportionalism, which may work well enough in making everyday, situational decisions about business or ice cream, but does not work so well once morality is the issue. While there is no doubt that the American image of a government "by the people and for the people" works in political circles, that kind of pluralism falls apart once moral issues come into play as I pointed out in Part Two of this series. Most American Catholics, however, foolishly think that the American political ideal can be easily and effectively applied in the moral arena. A morality "by the people and for the people" is what writers like Anna Quindlen have described American Catholicism to be, but while an accurate portrayal of American thinking in this regard, such a myopic or astigmatic view of Catholic morality is clearly blind to ultimate salvation. Christ did not come to tell us that the road to salvation is paved by what we believe it should be paved with. He clearly told us that there is an absolute truth, that He was it, and that anyone who thought that there was any subjective "by the people" way to saving one's soul was doomed to personally find perdition instead.
True Catholic morality is a faith "by God and for God" and nothing else, and any alleged Catholic who thinks otherwise is trying to buy salvation with counterfeit currency! Yes, American Catholicism falsely and foolishly sees itself as a pluralistic faith, but that pluralism is a secular and political view dressed up as a moral prescription for spiritual success and doomed to failure. Anyone attempting to assess the probability of success of this secular/political pluralism in moral circles need only look to the first such effort by Lucifer and his fallen angels who likewise demanded a "for the people by the people" situation and ended up with celestial change-of-address forms!
I recently heard Cokie Roberts of ABC argue that greater pluralism is needed in The Catholic Church. Like so many other empty media suits, Roberts thinks that she has the prescription for salvation of The Catholic Faith. Like so many such suits, she is misguided, confused, arrogant, and enabled by a society that tolerates such pompous assertions that fail to recognize the difference between secular and sacred pluralism. God is about sacred and divine pluralism, not the secular brand. The Creator of all things is the only One qualified to include all things as He sees fit. We believe that He has made His Will known through His Word and His Only Son Christ's teachings and example. Secular liberals argue that this Word has been tainted by human bias and has been twisted and distorted to suit far right agendas. They either claim to know what God really thinks or simply ignore that God as they see fit to carve their own agenda.
The bishops' stubborn insistence on pushing collegiality only plays into the misconceptions of so many Catholics that Roberts is right and we must adapt to modern times and alter our beliefs to fit those times. That is not only false, but dangerous and leads to the serpent mesmerizing souls until they are hypnotized to trust and then he strikes, plunging his fangs into society with the deadly E pluribus venom.
God's pluralism is sacred and divine and tells us that all of God's people are invited to eternal salvation if they obey His Laws, respect His Word, seek His Will, and follow His Son Christ as taught by the one, true Catholic Faith. Their pluralism is secular and tells us that everything and everyone goes. Ultimately, God's pluralism tells us that many are called to Christ and their pluralism tells us that there are many roads to hell. "For many are called, but few chosen" (Matthew 20: 16).
NEXT: PART SIX: Are You Guilty?
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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.