The inevitably Marxist zoo XII: The City of God versus The City of Progress
By Michael Moriarty
No, President Obama hasn't quite equaled St. Augustine's literary achievement … yet, but give him time and, who knows, perhaps he'll pen his description of the New World Order and call it The City of Progress.
The ultimate resolution is going to be one or the other: God or the triumph of eugenics and Science as God.
In his encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict XVI states at the outset that "Without truth … social action ends up serving private interests and the logic of power."
Hmmm, and "community organizing"?
Recent investigations of "social action" by ACORN, the role model of all "community organizers", has indeed revealed a great deal of "private interest" and not only the "logic of power" but the power of money as well.
The central truth the Pope has spoken of in both his encyclical and his conversations as Cardinal Karl Ratzinger in God and the World, the guiding heart of his message would appear to be the sacredness of human life. Out of this springs not only the meaning of charity, truth and justice but the very moral universe which inspires such charity in truth or caritas in veritate.
What is or where is such a moral universe in The City of Progress?
Since both abortion and euthanasia are seminal ingredients to a Progressive's concept of progress, it is really hard to say that a universe of Progressive ambitions possesses any basic limits of any kind to the inevitable and increasingly speedy, forward momentum of scientific and technological discovery.
"Things have happened," declared Karl Ratzinger in God and the World not long before he became Pope, "that are more evil than would have been at all possible in earlier ages, because no one had the capacity to do evil things in such a refined, technologically developed, and rationally systemized fashion."
The italics are mine.
"When we look back on the history of the ideologies of the past century," continues the Cardinal, "we can see that simple people have often judged more soundly than intellectuals."
Could he be thinking of the simplicities of Ronald Reagan or even women such as Sarah Palin as versus the Harvard heights of intelligence and sophistication in men like Henry Kissinger, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Barack Obama?
Paraphrasing the previous Pope John Paul II, the Cardinal states that "Man as a being is an end in himself and does not exist merely to further some other ends."
"Some other ends" such as "Progress"?
Oh, I know the Progressives would declare our "Progress" as something inseparable from our worth … but four hundred years ago Shakespeare was a dramatist and, prior to Christ, Homer was a poetic historian and I still don't think we've had many recent men of words to surpass them. Dante, Michelangelo, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart …. where are their equal?
As "Benny Six" might ask, what substantive "Progress" have we made in light of these legendary ancients, geniuses of human nature, masters of the human condition and the creative human soul?
Again the Cardinal states a moral position that challenges everything contained in the Progressive Movement's morality … or lack thereof: "No one has the right to use some other person, however poor or weak he may be, simply as the means to God knows what end, however high it may be."
In light of the Clinton/Obama approval of embryonic stem cell research, the "God knows what end" certainly applies since the immediate needs of stem cell research have been answered by adult stem cell research that requires no end of human life whatsoever.
As you can see from many photos of the President and the Pope together, "The One" towers over "Benny Six" and seems to relish their meeting with a much bigger, broader smile on his face. However, it is not a part of the President's day to pray for the millions of lost souls cut off from even glimpsing the earth, virtually executed without trial by abortion.
And for what crime?
They're simply not wanted.
The Catholic Church has made it very clear that she wants them here.
She's certain God wants them all here … to smell the air, feel their fellow human being's touch, grow and expand into meeting the challenges that lie ahead of them … but, alas, they're not wanted … and some of these parents think they're actually doing God and the child a favor by hiring an abortionist.
No wonder the Pope's smile may never be as broad as Obama's smile. The Pope carries the Truth on his shoulders while the President only has his eye on Progress … or, as he calls it, "Change".
Obviously, there is more "above his pay grade" than even he is willing to admit. In light of the President's limitations, admitted or otherwise, isn't it telling that he and his "Czars" want nothing above their control?
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com.
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