Catholicism did destroy American freedom, but not the way Blanshard expected. He thought that vast numbers of Catholics with reactionary beliefs would impose their authoritarian popery on the rest of the country. In fact, Catholics in America completely surrendered to the Leftist zeitgeist and became a model wedge minority for the Democratic Party, giving progressives the support they needed to wipe out America’s Protestant social mores and impose today’s centralized therapeutic State.
The sad story of American Catholicism illustrates an important truth–all immigrant groups quickly become tools of the Left, regardless of their behavior in their native lands. It’s always in the interests of newcomers for there to be no cohesive common culture in the host country. Muslims, for example, are reliable communist voters in some European countries, if I remember correctly. If anyone could have resisted this rule, it would have been the Catholics: rigidly hierarchical and dogmatic, possessing an elaborate intellectual heritage in opposition to liberalism, and with a clergy that fought the instrumentation of Catholics by the Left at every turn. All to no avail. When the show-down finally came between Rome and the Kennedys over the latter’s abortion and lechery promotion, the vast majority of Catholics sided with the Kennedys and other heretics, with the authority of the church being discarded as carelessly as one might discard a used kleenex. Oh, the sweet springtime of Vatican II!
And so here is the biggest irony: Catholics were no threat to Protestant America as long as they remained aloof and scornful of other religions; it was only when they decided to assimilate and bow before the world that they became a useful tool for the majority culture’s destruction.
Filed under: The Dark and Terrible Springtime of Vatican II