There is an inevitable dilemma for Traditional, well read, Catholics, found in the perennial Truth of the Church, dialectically growing in the developed understanding graced from the Holy Spirit, along side a patriotic reading of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ (reinforced by the documents of Vatican II), crashing into the reality of Radical Islam in our neighborhoods.
In short, how do we reconcile the legitimate truth of religious freedom with the invading barbarian horde, represented by dangerous Jihadists?
Back in 1864, Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical letter, Quanta Cura, expressed concern for social movements which created libertarian situations which preached ‘the liberty of perdition.’ The Pope was absolutely right that many of the movements of this time period, born of the French Revolution, were established to destroy ultimate authority, particularly authority which was found in Divine Revelation (Catholicism), natural law, and the state which duly respected the previous two.
Time, however, proves the ongoing process of the theological development of a deeper understanding of Revelation with 20/20 precision.
The great American experiment, portrayed through the document better known as the ‘Declaration of Independence,’ describes a freedom, to include a religious freedom, which seeks not for the fall of objective truth, best found in Divine Revelation, but the freedom from tyranny to better pursue that truth.
In a sense, the Popes of the past never envisioned the United States of America.
Then came Vatican II.
‘Dignitatis Humanae’ expressed the Church’s perennial understanding, revealed in the Newness of the Holy Spirit, the understanding manifest in Godly inspirations such as the United States of America, that freedom is ultimately for man’s search for God.
So, the 19th century Papal angst regarding unbridled liberty, which is really the perennial sin of licentiousness, was well founded. God, however, inspired within an individual people (remember Israel), in the great American experiment, a freedom based on unalienable truths from God. The Holy Spirit, moreover, blew ‘where it will’ within the teaching of Vatican II.
From this Spiritual growth we find ourselves today.
Traditional Catholics, in America today, certainly respect the religious freedom of all of our fellow citizens. But how can we respect a religion which so commonly breeds devastating violence? How can we respect a religion which, even amongst its so called ‘moderates,’ breeds contempt for the host countries laws, seeking for Sharia Law and the reinstitution of the caliphate? How can we respect a religion which does not spiritually mature, through the Holy Spirit, but persists in its search for 8th century Mohammedan glory? How can we respect a religion which produces female genital mutilation, societal misogyny, prepubescent rape, and genocide on such a large scale?
And, in solidarity with our 19th century Papal Fathers, how can we trust liberals and progressives, ancestors of the rabble rousers who aroused such suspicion from Popes Gregory XVI to Pope Pius XII, from 1832 to 1950, who promise that the majority of Moslems are ‘peace loving,’ and that the terror element within Islam is just a small fraction of ‘extremists and lone wolves?’
Abstract, overly pious, naïve, cafeteria Catholic, and perniciously progressive thinkers would have you think that anyone concerned with the influx of Moslems at such a time in history is xenophobic, racist, bigoted, and hate filled. But, seriously, if one solitary Moslem immigrant beheaded my wife or daughter for the glory of Allah, my concern would be justified!
And therein lies the Catholic dilemma.