Monday, May 22, 2006

Pat Buchanan is blaming the wrong institution

Of course, I agree with Pat Buchanan in his piece "Whose God can we mock?" -- Yeah, Catholicism is fair game. Duh. Old bad news.

But he was wrong with his conclusion about the DaVinci Code and about the culture generally: "But that it will be a box-office smash, that it is the subject of lavish praise in the press, that it is the best-selling novel of the 21st century, tells us we live not just in a post-Christian era, but in an anti-Catholic culture not worth defending or saving, for it is truly satanic."

DaVinci code was not praised by the critics (they wanted to but the premise and the book it was based on are just nonsense), but more importantly Satan is not responsible for anti-Catholicism.

CATHOLICS ARE RESPONSIBLE. In particular, the leaders of the church.

Do you realize that in the 1950s, Church cardinals had their own mainstream television shows? The Church owned the movies. It alone decided what was acceptable fare for public viewing.

And then The Roman Catholic Church surrendered its authority on every level. It's as if in 1963 during Vatican 2, the church princes got together and said: Now how can we destroy the church? And every single step the church has taken since then has systematically undermined its authority and membership.

The culture isn't what is satanic today,Pat. The Roman Catholic Church, to paraphrase Paul VI, is filled with the smoke of Satan.

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