... maybe you just misread the environment.
I'm reading three books at the same time right now. The Day Is Now Far Spent by Cardinal Sarah, The Great Dechurching by Jim Davis and Michael Graham and America's Cultural Revolution by Christopher Rufo.
Cardinal Sarah, who is one of my spirit animals, argues that the Catholic Church has become distracted by modern concerns.
|That smile is the last thing an apostate prelate sees before he is intellectually devoured.|
Cardinal Sarah makes the case for the main thing to be the main thing. That is, living out the Gospel and the worship of God should be where we focus, not
Global Warming Climate Change, immigration, social justice and the like. Prayer and sharing the Word of God is our business and the rest is a distraction.
Jim Davis and Michael Graham have done solid social science work examining the decline of religion in the US and, by extension, the West as a whole. They have statistically significant amounts of data and they have rigorously analyzed it. I've enjoyed the book, but I can't help but think that they're doing an after-action report on a battle where they aren't taking into account what the enemy did.
Christopher Rufo examines what the enemy did and why his forces have been overwhelming to date. He grinds through the history of the modern left, starting with that monumentally destructive dingbat, Herbert Marcuse, moving through his acolytes like Angela Davis and then going on to describe how their armies have captured academia, the entertainment industry, the media and now, through undergrads entering the workforce, HR departments, marketing teams and so forth.
In short, Rufo has the strategic picture, Davis and Graham have the casualty lists and Cardinal Sarah has the way forward.
If I could do two things, I'd first get ahold of Davis and Graham and get them to re-examine the thesis of their work in light of the overwhelming advantages of the enemy. People are in church for an hour or two a week. They're in school or at work 40 hours a week. The priest or minister can't get them fired, but their HR team can. At night, unless they're deliberately watching Christian entertainment, they're being saturated in leftist agitprop.
The second thing I would do is more local. I'd find a way to get this in front of the people who work for our diocese and rabble rouse so they went on strike until Cardinal McElroy pulled his head out of his nether regions. Dittos for the people who contribute money to the diocese. McElroy, if you didn't know, is a far-left political activist first and a Catholic second. His university, USD has a reputation for being one of the most anti-Catholic institutions in the country.
Last night, I participated in a discussion with some of the men of my parish. One of them has a daughter who is a senior at USD. She's managed to keep her faith and is in a leadership position with the college Republicans there. She helped to invite Matt Walsh, the orthodox Catholic podcaster with the Daily Wire who created the What is a Woman? movie and movement to come and speak at USD. The leftist authorities at USD, playing perfectly to type from Christopher Rufo's book, disinvited Matt, calling him "grossly offensive."
That's our Cardinal's team, boys and girls. Knifing orthodox Catholics in the back while gazing up at heaven in leftist sanctimony. Nauseating.
What Rufo understands that Davis and Graham don't quite get is that the left's complete takeover of education, specifically the education industry where new teachers and professors are trained, has inexorably led to what we're seeing in the Catholic universities.
We let a bunch of copperheads loose in our house and now we're trying to figure out why we're getting bitten all the time.