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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, August 29, 2005

The American Belloc Society

Calling one and all to a new society being formed: The American Belloc Society! I heartily encourage all in our esteemed number and all reading this blog to join and support this new venture. I first read of its founding in the American Chesterton Society's wonderful publication, Gilbert!.

Pope Benedict XVI has long lamented that the West no longer loves itself--thus the decline of practicing Catholics and an embrace of relativism, secularism and positivism. His Holiness has also been forthright in his criticism of the emergence of Islam as a dominant force in Europe. No doubt such is the fallout from the loss of the Faith amongst laity and clergy alike in what was once Christendom. Not to mention the anti-child mentality which has swept the West and made people mere sex toys.

This is where Belloc is necessary. We must learn to love the West again. Its culture, its wine, its customs and morals. Everything from a kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas, to Holy Hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament, to an evening of singing songs and drinking wine until one is "heavy" (as Homer would put it)! It is the joy of being Catholic! The joy of seeing one's child take his first steps, the pride one takes in seeing a brave son go off to war, and the love that overtakes a husband and wife on their wedding day! All of these things are of the culture that the Greeks, the Romans and the Church produced--The West! Let us embrace the mos maiorum--the customs of our ancestors.

In so doing, let us also fight for the West! Not only militarily--which is nonetheless part of the struggle--but more important through our associations and resistance to the movements that seek to destroy us. We need groups that work at rebuilding the culture. The Belloc Society is one such group! (The Chesterton Society has been doing it now for awhile.) Let us start and read obscure journals that promote common sense, good wine and wholesome devotion. Let's let Ted Kennedy, Dick Durbin, the ACLU, NOW, Planned Parenthood and the other godless wonders know that they are not the only game in town. Let us have the courage of Belloc who said--at his first campaign rally:
"I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day." He then reached into his pocket and pulled out an rosary. "This is a rosary." He said. "As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads, every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative!"
Let us revel in our heritage and truly come in contact with the Communion of Saints who are more alive to us today and are fellow travellers on our path to Rome and to the New Jerusalem--if only we would ask them.