DAILY CATHOLIC - November 6, 1997    volume 8, no. 25


Installment Forty Seven

Wake-up Call to all Catholics the twenty first clarion

installment forty seven

Beware of False Prophets in the American Church - part eight

   In the past several installments of this series we've been taking the media to task for the unchecked Catholic bashing that seems to be gaining in Hollywood, specifically by ABC and Disney. It stirs memories to historians of Catholic persecution in the days of political cartoonist Thomas Nast who was, to say the least, nasty in his portrayal of the "hated papists." That underlying concept of the "whore of Babylon" has been kept alive, passed down from generation to generation of Protestants who actually believe it, keeping tract companies alive and thriving in trying to convert Catholics away from this "destined-for-hell religion." Southern Baptists are outspoken in their resolve to boycott Disney and would seemingly be in union with Catholics on this, but behind the scenes they don't want anything to do with the "Pope's people" because they still actually believe Catholics are misguided and headed for hell. This exaggerated fallacy has permeated generations of families who fail to realize their Church is just a few centuries old while the hated Catholic Church can trace its roots back to Jesus Christ, Divine Son of God! But this, along with definitive passages of the Bible , they conveniently overlook. But they do not overlook their hatred for Catholics, a hatred so intense it spawned the Ku Klux Klan, a hidden offshoot of the Masonic movement, in the nineteenth century, targeting Catholics and Jews along with the Blacks because the two former faiths taught respect for all God's children and the bigots would have none of that!

   That bigotry has been refined today, but is still very much alive today in this supposedly enlightened age when political correctness calls for everyone to be cautious about what they say or portray to or about anyone...except Catholics. Any other race, denomination or group would be outraged at the subliminal approach Hollywood and the media are taking toward undermining Catholics, but not Catholics! They actually do not realize or don't want to realize sentiments against their faith because they're in their comfort zone and don't want to face reality. There seems to be so much apathy by Catholics to this anti-Catholic sentiment that it continues unchecked. Only one man stands as a crusader in the battle to recognize and counter these vicious, subliminal attacks on the Church: William Donohue, head of the non-profit Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights out of Washington, D.C. Yet, he has been attacked by some in the Church as protesting too much. Perhaps they place the political correct agenda before the spiritual correct agenda and don't want anyone to rock the boat. After all, if they upset some of the parishioners who have iconized television, they may lose a few dollars in the coffer!

   It's time they realized their silence is not only causing the loss of more souls, but also contributing to the growing cancer of apathy in lukewarm Catholics who no longer place their faith in the forefront but as an afterthought. What will be their thoughts when they stand before their Creator at Judgment Day and have to answer for their inaction, their lack of zeal. On a whole, the laity and many within the clergy, who have the moral and vocational responsibility to guide their flocks, will be held responsible. Rather than uniting as one as Donahue advocates, they fight their own allies in the person of Donohue, accusing him of being a rabble rouser. Didn't the Pharisees and Scribes accuse a certain Jewish carpenter of the same?

    The attacks against Donohue are cloaked with threats to "get with the program of the nineties!" That's what Donohue and his volunteers are fighting - the program of the nineties for he can recognize the vicious, subliminal undermining going on in the media, many concocted by former priests, nuns, and liberal Catholics who want to forge their own agenda as a denial to the True Church they have forsaken. They have spawned a whole generation of indifference among young Catholics who have no clue of what the Church is about. The divine mission priests and religious have been asked to undertake by their vows has been replaced by humanistic elements that portrays them as "victims of an antiquated system - the Church." When confronted, they react that the portrayal of the Church in the thirties, forties, fifties and early sixties was unrealistic. Why, we ask? Because the media then portrayed priests and nuns with respect and dignity? There was a reverence and respect for the clerics portrayed in such stellar cinema as "Bells of St. Mary," "Going My Way," "Boys Town" and that genre. The actors and actresses playing the roles made a point to show respect and depict a deep, sometimes rugged spirituality. Vocational struggles were conveyed to the public as a human element but it was treated with reverence and the audience cheered for the priests and nuns who turned their backs on those whom they might have fallen in love to follow a greater Love. There was not only a sense of dignity but also decency. This can be attributed to the rise of the Irish and Italilan influence, in cooperation with the Jewish impact in Hollywood and across the land. Catholics were depicted as respectable law-abiding citizens who were heroic in their devotion to their country through two World Wars. Baptists got to know their "foreign Roman" bretheren as "good people" who "weren't so bad, after all!" This contributed to American society in every phase, rising to the ranks of influential businessmen and politicians. One even became president. So what happened? In the next installment next week, we shall unravel the mystery.

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