Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Chesterton on both Soduku and DaVinci Code

"They that go about the world asking riddles and doing puzzles (those enemies of the human race) used to have one particular game which, after ramifications of arithmetic, ended with 'taking away the number one first thought of.' It is a silly game and, like many other silly games, has been played by great empires and on a large scale." ILN March 9, 1912

The fact that games are played on a large scale by great empires reminds me of the latest in the world of anti-Catholic bias by the legal world.

Just like in England of old, when monasteries, churches and convents were sacked, and priceless things stolen, and tracts of land taken away, may I say again Stolen by Thieves, which is a crime against one of the Ten Commandments, and this crime accomplished by so-called Christians; today the same is happening in America by the legal industry. Stealing from the Catholic Church has become big business for lawyers.

In the public school system, where many a pedophilia has been shuffled from school to school, while many a principal has turned a blind eye and passed on a "problem teacher" to another school district, another school, another victim, has a safeguard against legal action taken against a teacher or school employee. They have a statute of limitations (180 days or so to bring up an issue) they have a financial cap (about $150,000, if they lift a ban which is in place which I'll mention next) and they have a ban which says that "since this is the government, you can't really sue us because we have no money other than your own money which came from you, the taxpayer, so if you want to sue us, it's like asking you to pay for your own legal action so don't do it" a ban which can be lifted by the school if it chooses, but then the cap of $150,000 or so is still there.

So, if you want to go after public schools, forget it. No big money.
Boyscouts? No big money.
Protestant church? No infastructure, can't get the group as a whole, so you can only sue small potatoes by suing the individual church.
Catholic Church? Ah. Now that's where the big money is. And what do bad lawyers do if they want big money? They go after the perceived source of the big money. They might have issues with the Church anyway, and this is a great way to get a stab in the back of something they hate, or perceive to be "wealthy".

There is a movement afoot amongst legal people to extend the statute of limitations even longer to the Catholic Church pedophilia cases, so lawyers can try to get money from incidents that happened 25-50 years ago. And I am not belittling the people who were hurt, but there are reasons statues of limitations are in place. People's memories fail. Witnesses die or are old and frail. Evidence is lacking. The fact that this is being considered is anti-Catholic. "Let's see if we can milk even more money from Rome, eh?" I can just hear the lawyers at lunch, pondering their next move.

Meanwhile, Catholic hospitals are being sued because they won't provide abortions. Or emergency contraception. Or pay for their employees birth control pills and devices. And that is not anti-Catholic? If the Muslims had a hospital, would lawyers sue them for these same "crimes"? Is anyone investigating if the Muslims have any pedophilia problems in their mosques? Let's route them out and drag them before the public and sue them for everything they have, right? Wrong. No one is doing it, no one will.

Catholic hospitals, catholic schools, catholic social services, food pantries, resale shops, nursing homes, and entire infastructure of Catholic America is at risk of being killed. Or replaced by....what? Muslim hospitals? Muslim schools? Is this really what people want? Is this what the lawyers want?

Games played on a large scale in front of the whole USA. The church is being tortured little by little.
However, the church is built on the blood of martyrs. Are we ready to die for it? And what can we do to save it, as the church will always be saved?

"Taking away the number first thought of." America was built on Catholic institutions and now America is trying to take that away. Will America be the same without it?


  1. Today's gospel shines a lot of light on what we should expect. Jesus says we shall receive a hundred fold those things that we give up for the sake of the gospel, but with it comes persecution. At least while we are here on earth.

    While I think it deplorable to what happens each and every day to Catholic institutions, good will come from it. While that may be an "easy" thing to say, it is a hard pill to swollow, at least for me.

    And in one sense you indirectly pointed it out that even though what happened in England so long ago, the Church moved on. England society is not the high society it once was, yet the Church is still young and vibrant. When I see persecutions of the Church I thank God that I am part of that Church.

  2. It sickens and disgusts me that "scholars" (pedants more like, read Belloc) give a lot of credit to the Da Vinci Code. In a just state he could be sued by Opus Dei. In a proper culture any mincing pedantic scum who lent their names to such a person would be universally shunned.
    I think I want a Revolution...

  3. Things may look difficult at present, but as for strategy I am reminded of the words of Mark Twain:

    "Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest."

  4. Yes, but what about that other quote:
    The only thing that allows evil to survive is for good men to do nothing.

    I suspect we should do something, I know we should "do right" as Twain says, should we do more?

  5. I guess when I said "do right," I mean do everything morally and legally right. I'm sorry, I don't mean to nitpick, but I think the line is not "evil to survive" but "evil to triumph." I've always taken that to mean that there's always going to be evil, but you still have to do the right thing all the time. And I haven't the slightest idea what to do, other than complain to anyone who'll listen. Incidentally, all these attacks on Catholic institutions just remind me of Christopher Hitchens, who pretty much made a career out of attacking Mother Teresa, but frankly I think that he just made himself look spiteful.

  6. Chris, now you see why I didn't use quote marks :-D
    My memory is so not like Chesterton's...

    I think you are right. Let's carry on doing right, and there will be things to do when the Spirit moves us or leads us.


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