Cultural Marxism

This is something that I have only just come across and haven’t had time to investigate further.  Some might consider it rash and irresponsible to share something sensitive like this without further checks but I trust my readers to be adult about this.  If you don’t like it you can ignore it, but if you’re interested then you can do your own investigations.  The reason I am rushing with it is that it seems timely given the current state of affairs in the West.  We all need to be getting up to speed with the possible reasons for and ramifications of cultural meltdown.

Here is my transcript [all mistakes mine] of about five minutes of the video below, starting about twenty minutes in:

György Lukács of Hungary and Antonio Gramsci of Italy, the fathers of cultural Marxism, taught that Communism was impossible in the West until both Western civilisation and Christianity were destroyed since they had blinded the working class to its true Marxist class interest. György Lukács recognised that the great obstacle to the creation of a Marxist regime was Western civilisation itself. As he said, “I see the revolution and destruction of society as the only solution. A worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones.” So there we have the agenda of cultural Marxism in a nutshell explained by one of its creators.

Antonio Gramsci, the other creator of cultural Marxism, argued that the West would have to be de-Christianised by means of the ‘long march through the institutions’. Now what he meant by this is that the culture must be the new battleground and all cultural barriers to the acceptance of Marxism must be removed or reconfigured according to Marxist principles. All cultural barriers to the acceptance of Marxism had to be removed or reconfigured, starting with traditional family, moving on to the churches, the Arts, cinema, theatre, literature, science, history, entertainment, schools, colleges, universities, seminaries, civic organisations, the organs of mass media, the newspapers, magazines, radio, now television, and so forth. Pat Buchanan comments on the long march, “In other words, they had to get into the culture and change the people’s way of thinking. And if people were thinking about patriotism and nation and God and country, that was too resistant to Marxism. It could never take hold. So you had to erode[?] and destroy that in the individuals. That began what is called the long march through the institutions, through the seminaries, through the churches, through the media, through Hollywood, and all the rest of it, to create an anti-Christian culture which would destroy Christian beliefs and convictions in the vast majority of the people so they would embrace the ideas they had rejected and would be open to a takeover, basically, by Marxists – not political Marxists but cultural Marxists.”

Now the great historian Christopher Dawson reflected on the consequences were a society to lose its common principles and ideals, which is exactly the explicit goal of the cultural Marxist. Christopher Dawson: “It is easy enough for the individual to adopt a negative attitude of critical scepticism but if society as a whole abandons all positive beliefs it’s powerless to resist the disintegrating effects of selfishness and private interest. Every society rests in the last resort on the recognition of common principles and common ideals. If it makes no moral or spiritual appeal to the loyalty of its members it must inevitably fall to pieces.”

Well, here we are, watching what precious little remains of Western civilisation falling into pieces. Or more accurately, being smashed into pieces. The question is how did this move from Marxist theory into the wider culture? How did we get here? Given the time [constraint], we only have the time to make a thumbnail sketch of the work of the Frankfurt School. It was founded in 1923 in Frankfurt, Germany, with the primary goal of destroying traditional Christian culture in Germany. When Hitler came to power in 1933 they fled to the United States since every single member of the Frankfurt School was not only a cultural Marxist but also a Jew. With the help of Columbia University the school re-established itself in New York City and changed its focus from destroying traditional Christian culture in Germany to destroying it in the United States. They realised that the American working class would not lead a Marxist revolution because it was becoming part of the middle class, the Bourgeoisie. Who then would lead the revolution? They sifted through our society, tried to find disaffected people and in the 1950s they settled on the idea of a coalition made up of blacks, students, feminist women and homosexuals. By crossing Marx with Freud they invented something called ‘critical theory’. Critical theory involves making the most destructive criticism of every possible cultural norm in order to destroy the current social order. For example, everyone who is successful in business or who has a position of power in the church or state is an oppressor. Those who are not successful are automatically victims. Somebody who defends the notion that there’s actually different social roles for men and women is a misogynist or a chauvinist or a fascist. Fathers and bishops are patriarchal tyrants. And so forth and so forth.

They took a long view, and their unfortunately influential writings continually poured out contempt on the different institutions; the traditional family, the churches, the Arts, cinema, theatre, literature, and so forth. In institutions of so-called higher education the cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School was more commonly known as multiculturalism or more loosely as political correctness. The Frankfurt School also adopted the technique of psychological conditioning – “Today, for example, when their foot soldiers want to do something like normalise homosexuality they do not argue the point philosophically. They just beam television show after television show into every American home with the only normal-seeming white male as a homosexual.” (The Frankfurt School’s key people spent the war years in Hollywood.) One author summarised specific recommendations of the Frankfurt School:

“1. Creation of racism offences

2. Continual change to create confusion

3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children

4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority

5. Huge immigration to destroy identity

6. The promotion of excessive drinking

7. Emptying of churches

8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime

9. Dependency on the state or state benefits

10. Control and dumbing down of media

11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family”

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That Remarkable Photo from the Grotto at Notre Dame (Part 1)

Thoughts from the Side of the House...

Introduction:What began very simply and quietly has now developed into an ongoing story that just keeps going. Originally, this was the only post I expected to write on this photo. But as events have unfolded, the story has required several additional entries. So for ease of reading, I have now numbered them so new readers can read them in order. I had no expectations when I initially posted the photo on December 11, 2016. I wrote this blog post about a week later because the interest was overwhelming me and I needed a place to send everyone to read the story. Beyond anything I could imagine, this blog has received 250,000+ hits from 170+ countries. That I know. From what I can tell, I estimate that the photo itself has been viewed over 750,000 times on social media where it went so crazy viral that I can no longer keep track.

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Father Willie Doyle

Today is the anniversary of the death of Father Willie Doyle. He was serving as a chaplain in the First World War.

I wonder is there a happier man in France than I am. Just now Jesus is giving me great joy in tribulation, though conditions of living are about as uncomfortable as even St. Teresa could wish — perpetual rain, oceans of mud, damp, cold and a plague of rats. Yet I feel that all this is a preparation for the future and that God is labouring in my soul for ends I do not clearly see as yet. Sometimes I kneel down with outstretched arms and pray God, if it is a part of His divine plan, to rain down fresh privations and sufferings. But I stopped when the mud wall of my little hut fell in upon me — that was too much of a good joke!

For more, read here, or here, or visit Pat Kenny’s blog dedicated to Father Doyle (where I sourced the above quote).

Penance

J.M.J.

The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’…

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This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary year of the apparitions at Fátima, Portugal.  As I mentioned in an earlier post it is also the anniversary year of other events of importance to the Catholic Church and thus to the world.  On the 21st August there will be an eclipse over North America on the same day as the feast of Our Lady of Knock.  The apparition at Knock was unusual because it was silent.  Our Lady usually has specific messages that she wishes to convey to the witnesses.  The silence of the Knock apparition and its subject matter point to the beginning of Revelation (a.k.a. The Apocalypse Of Saint John) Chapter 8:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour.  And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God; and there were given to them seven trumpets.

The altar in the Knock apparition and in this part of Revelation can be related to the open-air Altar of Burnt Offerings of Moses’ tabernacle and the two Temples of Jerusalem. This altar was used for the sacrifices of Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement.  The difference here is that in the Knock apparition and in Revelation the sacrificed lamb was slain but yet lives (a reference to the resurrected Christ) – “a Lamb standing as it were slain”.  This year, Yom Kippur falls on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (and also Sts. Gabriel and Raphael in the Novus Ordo calendar).  There is a forty day period preceding this feast called St. Michael’s Lent and, as with Lent itself, it is a period of preparation marked by fasting, increased prayer, and so on.  St. Michael’s Lent traditionally starts on the Feast of the Assumption (tomorrow) but this gives more than forty days.  When does the fortieth day before the Feast of St. Michael actually fall?  On the day of the American eclipse and the anniversary of the Knock apparition.  By the way, the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation is accompanied by an eclipse:

And I saw, when he had opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains:

And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?

What does all this add up to?  It looks like we, especially those in the U.S., are being called to make a special effort to atone for our sins.  Maybe we are being given a last chance before the flaming sword is brought down on us.

After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying: Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we sign the servants of our God in their foreheads.

This may only be a foreshadowing of the events prophesied in Revelation but does that matter?  We are always called to repentance for our sins.  Shouldn’t we wake up and make a special effort when the signs are looking ominous like this?

(All bible quotes are from Revelation, Douay-Rheims version.)

Two More Image Resources

Image taken from page 685 of 'A magyar nemzet tortenete. Szerkeszti Szilágyi S. [With maps and illustrations.]'
My brother has just alerted me to two more digitised image collections.  The first is provided by the British Library – see this article for an introduction.  The image above is from this collection.  I have no idea what it says, I just liked the illumination.  The second collection is part of the Polonsky Foundation Digitisation Project which aims to digitise the collections of the Oxford Bodleian Library and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica.  The latter seems to be related to the Digital Vatican Library which I already have in my resource list (see menu above).  See this article for information on the Polonsky collection.  I will add the appropriate links to the “Other Resources” page on my menu above.

A Couple of Lancashire Churches

As I said in my previous post, I didn’t take enough photos on my recent trip to the UK.  One reason is that it felt like a bit of a pilgrimage.  I was looking forward to attending my first Masses in the UK, the land of my forefathers.  Now, Wales is a real backwater as far as the Catholic Church goes so I was unsurprised to find my local church in a rather shabby, but not unloved, state.  Lancashire, however, is known to be a strongly Catholic county of England and it was surprisingly hard to find the church I was looking for in Preston because everywhere we turned there seemed to be a steeple.  My mother and I thought we had found the right one but it was eerily quiet.  When we were wandering around it we asked a couple of guys where St. Walburge’s was and they seemed quite amused at our inability to find what is reputedly the third tallest steeple in the UK.  When we followed their directions and saw the steeple in the distance my mum claimed that it looked smaller than the one we had just been wandering around.  I was reminded of this sketch from Father Ted.  Sorry mum. 🙂  I also visited a church in Blackburn dedicated to St. Alban.  The interiors of both these churches were lovely, and the Masses (one Novus Ordo, one traditional Latin) were beautiful.  Here are some of the few photos I took:

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There were many more photos I could have taken.  I didn’t get a good shot of the rose window at St. Walburge’s for example.  However, I think these kinds of places are best seen in person so that one can absorb the atmosphere and let a little of the sanctity seep into one’s soul.

Here are a few titbits of information that I picked up on my first visit to St. Walburge’s.  The hammer beams of the roof creak like the timbers of a ship in high winds.  The steeple rests on bales of cotton so that it can move with the wind without cracking.  The church was originally going to be dedicated to a different saint but somebody associated with the project was healed by the oil streaming from St. Walburge’s tomb.  The choir loft was originally situated so far from the organ loft that it made it very difficult for the choir to sing in time with the organ.  The windows behind the main altar were originally set into a flat wall.  This wall was subsequently turned into the curved apse you can see in the photos.  The windows were put back in the wrong order so that the inscription relating to the donors no longer makes any sense.

I hope I’ve tempted you to take a closer look at the beautiful churches of Lancashire (I’m looking at you Simon! 😉 ).

See here for tours and Mass times at St. Walburge’s.

Dad’s Dahlias

I just went back to the UK for a week to see my folks.  First I visited my dad and his wife in North Wales where I grew up.  Then I visited my mum in Lancashire, where she grew up.  I didn’t take enough photos but I just had to get my camera out for my dad’s amazing dahlias.  There were only a few but one of them was absolutely huge.  Dad says they all end up like that.  The rest of the flowers in his lovely little gardens had gone over, and the next flush was yet to appear so I timed the visit a little badly from that point of view.  So here without further ado are a few photos of my dad’s dahlias:

African Flower Owl

Here’s another of the crocheted creatures I made, plus a triangle that was going to be a mantilla until I ran out of yarn (motif pattern here)…

It’s Never Too Late

Coppo di Marcovaldo, HellIt is common practice for Catholics to pray for the souls in Purgatory but what about if you’re not sure whether a particular soul made it there at all?  We have no way of knowing for certain the destination of any soul but especially the souls of our non-Catholic friends and relatives.  Once someone has passed on, maybe years or decades or centuries ago, isn’t it too late to help save them from the possibility of going to hell?  Absolutely not: God exists outside time and so our prayers can transcend the barriers of time also.  We can’t pray for the souls in hell but we can pray for last-minute conversions and for graces to be granted retrospectively before souls reach hell.  And now I have realised, thanks to this article (thank you so much Melissa), that we can even pray for our own little suffering selves in the past to ease the current consequences of our childhood traumas.

APOD

From APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day), a website well worth adding to your daily news-feed.