To me, the key point is that no one ever FORCED Catholics to adopt the degrading practices of the pagan culture around them.
Yet, in the late 1960s, Catholics began doing exactly that.
Now some Catholics want to put all the blame on Feminists and Liberals. Limbaugh and others have made themselves millionaires doing this.
But Feminists and Liberals are not raising our children. WE ARE.
So, I vote that we TAKE RESPONSIBLITY for ourselves as a Catholic People, and quit scapegoating outsiders, regardless of how kooky or sinful their ideas and actions may be. Scapegoating outsiders was very popular in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, as you will recall, and that didn't produce anything good.
These outsiders have NO POWER over us Catholics, unless we GIVE it to them. We are not their slaves or puppets, unless we choose to be.
Consider that** some religious groups in the USA have NEVER** adopted the degraded customs of the pagan culture around them. Examples:
To me, this is PROOF POSITIVE that no one ever forced WE CATHOLICS to go into decline with the general pagan culture. Yet, WE DID. So, it was our choice. It is still our choice.
*We don't need a Culture War *("jihad") AGAINST outsiders like Feminists, Socialists, Liberals.
We just need to GET OUT ACT TOGETHER.
If Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Hasidic Jews, and Amish can do it, WHY CAN'T WE. WE CAN, whenever we as a people are ready.
All this had been said by the respected Catholic professor Peter Kreeft. Here are some samples from his writing:
*Today, many Christians think it [our enemy] is the Muslims. But they are often more loyal to their half-Christ than we are to our whole Christ, and live more godly lives following their fallible scriptures and their fallible prophet than we do following our infallible Scriptures and our infallible Prophet. If you compare the stability of the family and the safety of children among Muslims and among Christians in today’s world; or if you compare the rate of abortion, divorce, adultery, and sodomy among Muslims and Christians in today’s world; and if you dare to apply to this data the principles announced by the prophets in our own Scriptures when they say repeatedly that God blesses those who obey His law and punishes those who do not, then I think you will know why Islam is growing faster that Christianity today. [Ed. note: These remarks were delivered in 1998.] Faithful Muslims serve under the same general God, though through a different and more primitive communications network. And the same, I think, is true of the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Quakers. *
Statistics show that in the United States, the West's most religious nation, **Catholics murder, rape, commit adultery, abort, fornicate, euthanize, and commit suicide at the same rate as everyone else. Can anyone who knows Scripture wonder why God is not blessing the Church in the United States?* Muslims, Mormons, Protestant Evangelicals, and Orthodox Jews, on the other hand, who are living and behaving differently, distinctively, "counter-culturally", are growing in numbers** and vitality, even though they have defective theologies, because they are obeying God's moral laws.*
The first quote was from: The quote above was from Dr. Peter Kreeft's web site, but it is also in a transcript of an audio speech he gave about his published book titled How To Win the Culture War. (It has since been removed from his web site, but can be found on other web sites)
The second quote was from: Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs, books.google.com/books?isbn=0898707986...
Peter Kreeft, Peter Kreeft - 2001 - Religion - 426 pages
In SUM, I propose that WE CATHOLICS quit acting like we are the pathetic VICTIMS of Liberals and Feminists.
Who cares if Limbaugh and company want to keep whipping us up into a rage and Culture War. What diocese is Limbaugh the bishop of? At which parish does he attend Mass and attend Eucharistic Adoration? Where was he ordained into the priesthood?
I repeat: The Liberals and Feminists have NO POWER OVER US, unless we lay down and follow them like lemmings. The Mormons and the Amish don't follow them, and never did.
Let US RISE UP LIKE MEN and do what we need to do.
The Culture War is for wimps. No disrespect meant to you Mr. Limbaugh. But it would be better if you actually DID something to make the USA a better country.
In other words, it is we who determine how our children are raised. It is we who determine what goes on in our families and parishes. It is we who determine what schools our children attend. We are in charge of our own lives. No one makes us watch 4 hours of TV each day. No one makes us watch Hollywood movies, or listen to Lady Gaga.